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safari keeps crashing

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kbsimon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 19, 2012 1:01 PM

Safari keeps crashing on me at randon times.  I'm running version 6.02 and have Mountain Lion.

 

For example I was on a website and a pop up came up.  I clicked to close the pop up and the browser crashed.

Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,660 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to kbsimon)

    Launch the Console 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 Console in the icon grid.

     

    Step 1

     

    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left.

     

    Enter the name of the crashed application or process in the Filter text field. Post the messages from the time of the last crash, if any — the text, please, not a screenshot.

     

    When posting a log extract, be selective. In most cases, a few dozen lines are more than enough.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into a message.

     

    Important: Some private information, such as your name, may appear in the log. Edit it out by search-and-replace in a text editor before posting.

     

    Step 2

     

    Still in the Console window, look under User Diagnostic Reports for crash reports related to the process. The report name starts with the name of the crashed process, and ends with ".crash". Select the most recent report and post the entire contents — again, the text, not a screenshot. In the interest of privacy, I suggest that, before posting, you edit out the “Anonymous UUID,” a long string of letters, numbers, and dashes in the header of the report, if it’s present (it may not be.) Please don’t post shutdownStall, spin, or hang logs — they're very long and not helpful.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 7:40 PM (in response to kbsimon)

    kbsimon --

     

    Can you copy the crash report, and then paste it back in your nt response?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,660 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 10:58 AM (in response to kbsimon)

    Select Safari Preferences Extensions from the Safari menu bar. Disable extensions and test.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,660 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 7:53 PM (in response to kbsimon)

    Read this whole message before doing anything.

     

    Back up all data.

     

    Quit Safari if it’s running. Then select  Force Quit... from the menu bar. A small window will open with a list of running applications. Safari may appear in that list, even though you quit it. If so, select it and press return. Close the window.

     

    Step 1

     

    Hold down the option key and select Go Library from the Finder menu bar. Delete the following items from the Library folder (some may not exist):

     

    Caches/com.apple.Safari

    Caches/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess

    Caches/Metadata/Safari

    Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginHost.plist

    Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess.plist

    Saved Application State/com.apple.Safari.savedState

     

    Leave the Library folder open. Try Safari again. If it works now, stop here. Close the Library folder.

     

    Step 2

     

    If you still have problems, quit Safari again.

     

    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:

     

    rm -fr $TMPDIR../C/com.apple.Safari

     

    Quit Terminal. Launch Safari and test.

     

    Step 3

     

    If Safari still doesn’t work right, quit, go back to the Finder and move the following items from the open Library folder to the Desktop (some may not exist):

     

    Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies

    Preferences/com.apple.Safari.LSSharedFileList.plist

    Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

    Preferences/com.apple.Safari.RSS.plist

    Preferences/com.apple.WebFoundation.plist

    PubSub/Database

    Safari

     

    (Note: you are not moving the Safari application. You’re moving a folder named “Safari.”)

     

    Try again. This time Safari should perform normally, but your settings and bookmarks will be lost.

     

    If the issue is still not resolved, quit Safari again and put all the items you moved to the Desktop back where they were, overwriting the newer ones that will have been created in their place. You don’t need to replace the files you deleted in step 1. Stop here and post again.

     

    If Safari is now working normally (apart from the lost settings), look inside the “Safari” folder on the Desktop for a file named “Bookmarks.plist”. Select File Import Bookmarks from the Safari menu bar. Import from that file. Recreate the rest of your Safari settings. You can then delete the items you moved to the Desktop.

     

    Note: This step will remove your Safari Extensions, if any, and their settings. If you choose to restore them, do so one at a time, testing after each step to make sure you haven’t restored the problem.

     

    If you don’t like the results of step 3, you can undo it completely by quitting Safari and restoring the items you moved or deleted in that step from your backup, overwriting any that were created in their place.

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