4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2011 8:46 AM by T-Ray
T-Ray Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

Greetings and Happy New Year!

 

I've just finished running Disk Warrior on my boot drive (Lion 10.7.2) and it returned a list of corrupted plist files that can't be repaired. Before I try and run them down and move them to the trash, I want to double check that the list doesn't include items that might cause trouble should I decide to remove them. The following is a cut and paste from the DW report:

 

File: ".com.cocoastuff.apple.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Conversion of string failed. The string is empty.!

Location: "SSD-LION/Library/Preferences (Corrupt)/"!

!

File: "com.apple.systemdfine2.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Unexpected character j at line 2!

Location: "SSD-LION/Library/Preferences (Corrupt)/"!

!

File: "com.apple.systemuinbws.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Unexpected character } at line 1!

Location: "SSD-LION/Library/Preferences (Corrupt)/"!

!

File: "com.apple.systemuinccp.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Unexpected character V at line 1!

Location: "SSD-LION/Library/Preferences (Corrupt)/"!

!

File: ".com.cocoastuff.apple.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Conversion of string failed. The string is empty.!

Location: "SSD-LION/Library/Preferences/"!

!

File: "com.apple.iphotomosaic.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Conversion of string failed. The string is empty.!

Location: "SSD-LION/Users/Tim/Library/Preferences/"!

!

File: "com.apple.appstore.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Conversion of string failed. The string is empty.!

Location: "SSD-LION/Users/Tim/Library/Cookies/"!

!

File: ".com.cocoastuff.apple.plist"!

Detected that Property List data is damaged and cannot be repaired.!

Conversion of string failed. The string is empty.!

Location: "SSD-LION/Users/Tim/Library/Preferences/"!

 

I'd appreciate any suggestions or ideas regarding the items on the list. Specifically, is it safe to remove the corrupted files?

 

Thanks!

T-Ray


Mac Pro, Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (17,260 points)

    Are the associated applications working ok?  If so, I'd leave them alone. Third party disk managers (even a venerable one like Disk Warrior) are notorious for finding and fixing non-existent problems.

     

    Do you have the latest version of DW?

     

    http://www.alsoft.com/diskwarrior/support.html

     

    charlie

  • T-Ray Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    Yes, downloaded DW this morning.

     

    I've had some inconsistent problems that include self-restarts.

     

    I had also noticed a sound coming from one of the drives (not the boot drive) that sounded like the drive was acting strangely. I dismounted the drive. To my untrained ear, it sounded as if the drive was swinging the read head arm every 10 seconds or so, even when the drive was not in use. All attempts to diagnose or repair the drive showed it acting normally but I know that it shouldn't be making a mechanical noise like that while at rest.

     

    The plists showing on the error list from DW include things that seem system related, i.e., .com.cocoastuff.apple.plist, com.apple.systemdfine2.plist, com.apple.systemuinbws.plist, etc. Since they aren't seemingly associated with an application, I can't really say if they're a problem or a false positive from DW.

     

    My natural inclination is to remove them, but their association with system-related items makes me hesitate.

     

    Thanks for your response!

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (17,260 points)

    Some of this is third party software (cocoastuff), some is apple software, (iphotomosaic), etc.  You can actually google the plist file names and see what other people have to say about it.

     

    charlie

  • T-Ray Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    Thanks Charlie. I'll do that.