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Timurf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 28, 2011 4:44 PM

After shutdown, on start all of the folders on the desktop are moved to the right side of the screen and jumbled together, not as I had them organized on the left side of the screen.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 6:35 PM (in response to Timurf)

    I had that happen a couple of times while beta-testing this cat. It's caused by a corrupt, hidden .DS_Store file in the Desktop folder.

     

    Run this in the Terminal app, log out and back in, and reset your Desktop icons.

     

    rm ~/Desktop/.DS_Store

     

    Once that's done, make a copy using this Terminal command:

     

    cp  ~/Desktop/.DS_Store ~/Desktop/.DS.Store.bak

     

    Then, use this Terminal command to restore it when the corruption happens again:

     

    cp ~/Desktop/.DS_Store.bak ~/Desktop/.DS.Store

     

    Follow this command by an OPTION-click & hold on the Finder's Dock icon and select Relaunch. That will restore the view.

    27" i7 iMac 10.6 , Mac OS X (10.7), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Mac FX Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 6:43 PM (in response to baltwo)

    Nice job.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 7:37 PM (in response to baltwo)

    baltwo wrote:

     

    I had that happen a couple of times while beta-testing this cat. It's caused by a corrupt, hidden .DS_Store file in the Desktop folder.

     

    Run this in the Terminal app, log out and back in, and reset your Desktop icons.

     

    rm ~/Desktop/.DS_Store

     

    Once that's done, make a copy using this Terminal command:

     

    cp  ~/Desktop/.DS_Store ~/Desktop/.DS.Store.bak

     

    Then, use this Terminal command to restore it when the corruption happens again:

     

    cp ~/Desktop/.DS_Store.bak ~/Desktop/.DS.Store

     

    Follow this command by an OPTION-click & hold on the Finder's Dock icon and select Relaunch. That will restore the view.

     

    The problem is that the corruption continues to periodically happen.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 7:44 PM (in response to Lanny)

    That, I can't help with. It stopped for me.

     

    If you want to report this issue to Apple's engineering, send a bug report or an enhancement request via its Bug Reporter system. To do this, register as an Apple Developer—it's free and available for all Mac users and gets you a look at some development software. Since you already have an Apple username/ID, use that. Once a member, go to Apple BugReporter and file your bug report or enhancement request. You'll get a response and a follow-up number; thus, starting a dialog with engineering.

    27" i7 iMac 10.6 , Mac OS X (10.7), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 8:01 PM (in response to baltwo)

    John,

     

    A BR has been submitted.

  • fredrik34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 20, 2011 10:21 AM (in response to baltwo)

    The solution presented worked for 2-3 re-boots.

     

    Now I have the same problem again.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Aug 20, 2011 10:28 AM (in response to fredrik34)

    One observation I've made is that it doesn't seem to rearrange the alias icons on the desktop.

  • fredrik34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 20, 2011 10:29 AM (in response to Lanny)

    For me it rearranges everything, including aliases.

  • fredrik34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 20, 2011 11:17 AM (in response to fredrik34)

    Everyone who has this problem, please tell Apple:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

  • iandack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:33 AM (in response to fredrik34)

    I've sent feedback and a bug report. This is still happening for me. The second terminal command above gives me an error message "-bash: cp : command not found" but I'm not fluent enough in terminal to understand it. Seems like a workaround not a fix though.

     

    Come on Apple - having my Mac windows and icons stay where I put them is the basics!

     

    Did I mention my windows all move and resize themselves too, my windows that have jpeg backgrounds lose them? Very frustrating.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Aug 22, 2011 10:48 AM (in response to iandack)

    The error message indicates that your installation has issues. For that, I suggest that you first create a new admin user account, log into it, and see if Terminal works. If so, you need to resolve the issues with the original account. If not, then it's system-wide and reinstalling is in order.

    27" i7 iMac 10.6 , Mac OS X (10.7), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • frank135 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 1, 2011 5:01 PM (in response to baltwo)

    I believe there was a small typo in this code.

    baltwo wrote:

     

    cp ~/Desktop/.DS_Store.bak ~/Desktop/.DS.Store

     

    Follow this command by an OPTION-click & hold on the Finder's Dock icon and select Relaunch. That will restore the view.

     

    This correction worked for me.

     

    cp ~/Desktop/.DS.Store.bak ~/Desktop/.DS_Store

     

    Great idea baltwo, now I don't have to rearrange my icons by hand anymore! 

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Sep 1, 2011 5:31 PM (in response to frank135)

    Yes, you're correct, since I mucked up the original command. I thought I posted a correction. The second step should be, after rearranging everything on the Desktop;:

     

    cp  ~/Desktop/.DS_Store ~/Desktop/.DS_Store.bak

     

    then my code works, as intended. Sorry for the confusion.

  • iRobertiThink Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to baltwo)

    It is a shame that we pay for an upgrade and get problems that we have to resolve ourselves. It has been like this on my MacBook since OSX10 was launched, very frustrating, and I think the fix it yourself solution is all very well for those who have enthusiasm for that sort of thing but it seems a lot of hassle to me for something that should work from day one. Not fit for purpose would be a good way to express it. If only we got what we paid for.

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