Typing 'File:///' Will Crash Almost Any Mac Application

Posted February 2, 2013 at 8:47am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 21059 views

An interesting bug in OS X Mountain Lion causes almost all Mac apps to crash when typing in 'File:///', according to a Radar report spotted by 9to5Mac.

The crash is thought to be caused by Spell Checker and affects numerous apps including: Safari, TextEdit, Console, Messages, Xcode, TweetBot, Chrome, and others.

The bug does not affect Lion or Snow Leopard.

Read More [via 9to5Mac]


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Sotiris Karayannis - February 5, 2013 at 6:37am
Could not reproduce bug. Tried on several applications. Running 10.8.2 on mid-2007 iMac.
Sam Spade - February 4, 2013 at 3:47am
reproduced this crash as stated in the article. true, however - so what? why would this be a problem?
can berk - February 3, 2013 at 12:07pm
was able to replicate the issue on a late 2012 RMBP. Trying to read the console log for the crash crashes the console application as well. Issue is very big!
Your Mom - February 3, 2013 at 9:18pm
What's "RMBP?"
SomniusX - February 3, 2013 at 9:19pm
Retina Macbook Pro, oh man..
John - February 3, 2013 at 9:05am
No issues here. Running mountain lion on a hackintosh
SomniusX - February 3, 2013 at 9:20pm
I think it's a permissions problem of the "/" folder.. cause i'm on a hack and i ain't got the problem!
sl33k - February 5, 2013 at 8:02pm
I'm on hackint0sh too. 10.8.2 and it is definitly crashing my safari as well as notes and textedit. If you look at the stack trace you will see that is has something to do with the way the ":" and the "/" are dealt with in the NSSpellChecking Object.
steve - February 3, 2013 at 7:51am
what so "interesting" very few companies manged to fukup unix so badly, it is pathetic the most expensive laptops that 5year old can crash
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