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Preview icons randomly missing

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jfaughnan Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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Nov 27, 2008 9:10 PM
In 10.4 all my JPEGs had preview icons. I could browse finder in icon mode and see image picture.

In 10.5.5 some of them are gone. There doesn't seem to be any reason to it. Also new images managed and exported from iPhoto may be missing icons.

I wonder if it's a bug related to color space embedding (sRGB vs. Adobe RBG for example).

Whatever the cause it's a REALLY obnoxious bug.

Any tips.


I'm not alone, so this is clearly an OS X 10.5 bug.

Just found this, I'll try the same fix:

This talks about rebuilding launchServices:

Message was edited by: jfaughnan
G5 iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.5), MacBook Core-2 Duo, G3 iBook, Mac mini
  • mbmgibson Calculating status...
    I was having a similar problem, and tracked it back to an old version of the GIMP I had installed. Basically, icons would preview fine (and any icons that had had a preview built before would work forever.) Until, that is, the Finder saw a .xcf (Gimp) file. Then I wouldn't get any previews created for new icons the Finder saw after that until I relaunched the Finder. So, I'd end up with a mixture of working previews (the ones the Finder had already generated) and the default icon (the ones where the Finder still wanted to generate a preview.

    So, basically, the problem looked random, but there was some logic to it. I guess that that particular version of the Gimp managed to break the Finder in some horrid way when it was asked to generate a preview (the Finder farms this job out to installed applications for some file types, of course.)

    So, anyone else with this problem -- do you happen to have an old version of, or any odd or beta or otherwise flaky bits of graphics software installed that generate their own Finder previews for their files? If so, try updating or removing them, relaunching the Finder and seeing if everything gets back to normal. I found my problems went away when moving from Gimp 2.6.3 to 2.6.4.
    Intel iMac/MacBook/iPod nano/, Mac OS X (10.5)


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