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LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All

 

I'm running OSX 10.7.5 and have Safari 5.1.7.  I would like Chrome to be my default browser and have chosen this in the preferences in both Safari and Chrome.  The problem is that it won't stick!  Safari keeps reverting back to being the default browser after I restart the computer.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Problems such as yours are sometimes caused by files that should belong to you but are locked or have wrong permissions. This procedure will check for such files. It makes no changes and therefore will not, in itself, solve your problem.

    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.

    Triple-click anywhere in the line below to select it, then drag or copy it — do not type — into the Terminal window:

    find . $TMPDIR.. \( -flags +sappnd,schg,uappnd,uchg -o ! -user $UID -o ! -perm -600 -o -acl \) -exec ls -Odel {} \;

    Press return. The command may take a noticeable amount of time to run. Wait for a new line ending in a dollar sign (“$”) to appear.

    The normal amount of output from this command, below what you entered, is about 80 lines, sometimes less. If you get much more than that, don't post it; just reply that it happened. If you get less than about 100 lines, post them — the text, please, not a screenshot.

    If any personal information appears in the output, edit before posting, but don’t remove the context.

  • 2. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc,

     

    Thanks so much for helping. 

     

    And yes, I got plenty more than a hundred lines.

  • 3. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Back up all data now.

    This procedure will unlock all your user files (not system files) and reset their ownership and access-control lists to the default. If you've set special values for those attributes on any of your files, they will be reverted. In that case, either stop here, or be prepared to recreate the settings if necessary. If none of this is meaningful to you, you don't need to worry about it.

     

    Step 1

    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.

    Drag or copy — do not type — the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:

    sudo chflags -R nouchg,nouappnd ~ $TMPDIR.. ; sudo chown -R $UID:20 ~ $_ ; chmod -R -N ~ $_ 2> /dev/null

    Be sure to select the whole line by triple-clicking anywhere in it. You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up. You don't need to post the warning. If you don’t have a login password, you’ll need to set one before you can run the command.

    The command will take a noticeable amount of time to run. Wait for a new line ending in a dollar sign (“$”) to appear, then quit Terminal.

    Step 2

     

    Boot into Recovery by holding down the key combination command-R at startup. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.

    When the OS X Utilities screen appears, select Utilities Terminal from the menu bar. A text window opens.

    In the Terminal window, type this:

    resetpassword

    That's one word with no spaces. Then press return. A Reset Password window opens. You’re not going to reset a password.

    Select your boot volume ("Macintosh HD," unless you gave it a different name) if not already selected.

    Select your username from the menu labeled Select the user account if not already selected.

    Under Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs, click the Reset button.

    Select  Restart from the menu bar.

  • 4. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc

     

    I tried what you've written, but no joy... Any other ideas?  I'm pretty sure I did everything just as you said.

     

    I've noticed also, that it doesn't seem to be only a browser preference problem:  Quicktime keeps reverting back as the default meadia player even though I've selected to play all .avi's with VLC.

     

    Thanks again for helping.

  • 5. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Please post the output of the shell command from my first message.

  • 6. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here goes:

     

     

    Lannahs-MacBook-Pro:~ LosAgreda$

    Last login: Thu Oct 18 16:39:24 on console

    Lannahs-MacBook-Pro:~ LosAgreda$ find . $TMPDIR.. \( -flags +sappnd,schg,uappnd,uchg -o ! -user $UID -o ! -perm -600 -o -acl \) -exec ls -Odel {} \;

    drwxr-xr-x+ 28 LosAgreda  staff  - 952 Oct 17 23:49 .

    0: group:everyone deny delete

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  • 7. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Triple-click the line below to select it:

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist

    Right-click or control-click the highlighted line and select Services Reveal from the contextual menu. A Finder window should open with a file selected. Move the selected file to the Desktop, leaving the window open. Log out and log back in. Test. If there's no change, put the file you moved back where it was, overwriting the one that may have been created in its place. Otherwise, delete the file you moved.

  • 8. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Woop! It worked. Thank you for your wonderful cleverness

     

    Much obliged.

  • 9. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Linc,

     

    Sorry, but it looks like I lied.  Logged back in this morning and got the same old story...

  • 10. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Why did you think the problem was solved, and why did you change your mind?

  • 11. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The test I did was to log out and then back in, and launch the browser by typing in a search item in Alfred (www.AlfredApp.com).  When I did this, it launched with Chrome, leading me to believe that the preference for default browser had been saved.  However, this morning, when I logged in (having turned my computer off over night), and I launched in the same way, Alfred opened Safari.

  • 12. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    When you open Safari's preferences, has the default browser been changed from what you last set it to? If so, does this happen only when you log out or reboot? What if you quit and relaunch Alfred -- does that change the setting?

  • 13. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    LannahThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No, in Safari Preferences the default browser always seems to show as being Chrome.

     

    But it seems this time as though the problem may have been fixed for real:

     

    - I quite Alfred and relaunched it, this didn't seem to change anything, i.e. Safari didn't revert back to being default.

    - I stopped Alfred launching at login, then rebooted and Chrome was still default this time.

    - I set Alfred to launch at login again, then rebooted, and Chrome was still default.

    - I've tried launching browsers from both Alfred and other apps to see if that has any effect, and so far, Chrome is still default.

     

    I think restarting Alfred may have done the trick, no?

  • 14. Re: Why does Safari keep reverting back to being the defualt web browser?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    It sounds like your problem arises from "Alfred," which I had never heard of before. You'd have to ask the developer for help with it.

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