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Question: Mavericks files / directories in finder slow showing up

I have had this problem happen very consistently. When pulling up finder or an application that needs to call on an open file dialog to look for something, the files and subfodlers take a long time to actually show up. If I select a subfolder, the progress wheel will grind in the lower-left corner for 15-30 seconds before the files in that subfolder show up. Selecting another level under that will give me the same delay.

I'm running an 2012 27" iMac, fully loaded with an i7 and max mem.

Anyone else having ths problem? I thought at first it might be a spotlight/index issue with my drive once I initially upgrade, but I have had it now for several days with my computer left on the entire time, so indexing should have been done.

Any ideas on what is causing this is or how to work around it?


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Oct 30, 2013 8:22 AM in response to kb8wfh In response to kb8wfh

Interestingly enough, I am having the problem with another "finder" style application. I'm using Adobe Bridge CC and when I click on a new folder, I get the same delay before it populates. So it looks like a lower/mid level file layer issue and not an high level dialog box API issue.

Oct 30, 2013 8:22 AM

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Oct 30, 2013 10:01 AM in response to kb8wfh In response to kb8wfh

I am also having exact same issue since "downgrading" to OS X 10.9 Mavericks. I say downgrading because my Macbook Pro has been rock solid and fast before this latest install. I get hung finder many times per day, sometimes it goes away on second try from same application, or attaching a second file to an email after first hung. Finder is blank, spinning icon bottom left corner...usually 15-25 seconds. Also, the "fix" listed in this thread is not accurate as my scroll settings in system preferences/general have always been set to "always" during this issue.

Really amazed that Apple let this one out of the barn with such a blatent issue. Yes, it's not like having the blue screen of death, but when you are pounding away during a busy workflow day, having these kinds of glitches and weirdness is just unacceptable for a company of Apple's size. Still hoping someone posts a real fix here.

Oct 30, 2013 10:01 AM

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Nov 6, 2013 9:02 AM in response to kb8wfh In response to kb8wfh

Same issue here on a MBP 15" Retina with 16 GB RAM. I've tried reindexing spotlight as well as leaving the scroll bars on "always", no help. It's getting rather annoying, hopefully a fix is on the way.

Another possibly related issue I've noticed is that Quicklook is VERY slow compared to what it used to be. Sometimes it will quickly open an image, but other times a 20k JPEG will take 5+ seconds to open using quicklook. Anyone else notice that issue?

Nov 6, 2013 9:02 AM

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Nov 8, 2013 9:44 AM in response to azamino In response to azamino

azamino wrote:

i am pleased that so many people report that the strange toggling of the scroll bars seems to have helped them as well.


Does not solve the problem here. It occurs in ( at least ) the Preview app and Firefox here. As others have noted, subsequent open file dialogs in the same app are fast because the file list is cached. Has anyone opened a problem with bugreporter ( rdar not feedback )?

Nov 8, 2013 9:44 AM

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Nov 12, 2013 3:06 PM in response to jorhh In response to jorhh

jorhh wrote:

Apple - this is serious.

Okay, this is definitely a small issue that I hope Apple fixes shortly, That said, I REALLY hate when people exaggerate issues. This is not a serious issue, it's an annoyance.

Nov 12, 2013 3:06 PM

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Nov 12, 2013 6:23 PM in response to Cornelius Qualley In response to Cornelius Qualley

If you use your mac to facebook and mail that's fine and i can understand the point that you could consider this as an annoyance, but when it's your work tool on a daily basis, it's a SERIOUS problem that slow you down and make you lose precious time.

Nov 12, 2013 6:23 PM

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Nov 12, 2013 7:01 PM in response to zentoner In response to zentoner

I agree that it's fairly serious. The first few times it happened, I thought my files had been deleted. I figured out that wasn't the case, but I'm sure others have not. And I agree that the delay, which is sometimes nearly 45 seconds, adds up after a while.

Nov 12, 2013 7:01 PM

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