Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 7:29 AM (in response to sirslabknit)
The error message below indicates a permissions problem in Library/Containers/. I cannot find a folder called Containers. (I have looked into Library pressing the Option key and Go in Finder.)
Well, there ya go. U need those folders in the user/library:
Not sure what you can do if you don't got, but try using the recovery drive and reinstall. Copy the folders from a working machine, that may do it.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 8:23 AM (in response to coocooforcocoapuffs)
Copied the Containers folder and sub-files from my Macbook Pro, inserted them into Library on Mac Pro, and it all works.
No idea how I lost the Containers folder though.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 9:01 AM (in response to sirslabknit)
It's a hairy beast this lion. glad it's all sorted.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 5, 2011 4:39 PM (in response to sirslabknit)
I had the same issue on a fresh install - actually I purchased a MacMini OS X Lion Server - and I just ran Disk Utility and repaired permissions on the Server drive and all is well.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 30, 2011 9:23 PM (in response to SquidlyMan)
A Disk Utility permissions repair is a much easier fix for those not versed in Terminal. Open Disk Utility and click "Repair Permissions". Thanks squidlyman for the fix.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2011 9:10 PM (in response to sirslabknit)
So what do you do if you don't have another Apple computer?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2011 4:21 AM (in response to bhite80)
In "Library" on mine I have a folder called "Containers". Underneath that two folders called "com.apple.Preview" and "com.apple.Textedit". Each of these has a file called "Container.Plist" and a folder called "Data" which contains more data.
I copied my folder structure from another Apple.
Maybe you just need to set up the empty files and folders. Don't know.
Sorry cannot help further.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2011 3:55 PM (in response to bhite80)
I created another user on my system, and found I could open both Preview and Text Edit fine in that account. I copied (duplicated) the two Containers folders that were created in the new account, changed permissions on the copies using get info, and moved them over to my original user account. That worked.
However, after making some other changes related to permissions that had me spending 4 hours on the phone with Apple, issues now forwarded to engineering, I started experiencing the same error, crash on opening.
I went to those container folders (com.apple.preview and com.apple.TextEdit) and trashed their contents. After that both applications opened normally, and the missing files were recreated.
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 8:44 AM (in response to Oceanconcepts)
Oceanconcepts, I've been looking into this problem for a week now...having reinstalled Lion to fix it, used Disk Utility to try and fix it, and even the Lion Boot-up utility...
...and your simple suggestion FINALLY fixed my problem: Preview and TextEdit finally opened normally after trashing the contents of the com.apple.Preview and com.apple.TextEdit folders.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 14, 2011 4:12 PM (in response to Oceanconcepts)
I just used oceanconcepts method on my wife's MacBook. Suddenly, I am a hero! Thanks for the info.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2012 11:14 AM (in response to sirslabknit)
I have to say the method of either trashing (or renaming) the folders under ~/Library/Containers worked fine for me too