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Strange Corrupt Preference Files in Mac Finder - Trying to find program that creates them

Posted on 2012-08-13
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Last Modified: 2013-07-07
I have several preference files in my finder that are showing up (via Drive Genius's monitoring) as corrupt. The names of the files do not indicate an existing program on my computer. The contents of the files appear garbled (opened through textwrangler), thus not indicating the program that created them. How do I find the program(s) that created the files? Here are the names, in case you know of the software...

Question by:baadayakazi
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Why not just delete them?

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I have, but they keep coming back. Sorry, I meant to mention that.
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strung earned 2000 total points
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Replace the plist files with folders with exactly the same name. (In other words, create a folder named "com.AtechTechnologyPartners.Communard.plist" in exactly the same place the plist file was, and do the same for the others.

Since the OS will not allow a program to replace a folder with a file of the same name, an error message should be appear in your log files whenever a program attempts to recreate these plists

You can then open Console.app and search for the plist name and hopefully the error message will tell you what application or process is trying to create the plists.

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I replaced the files with folders as you suggested. I assume that fixed it, but I'm unable to confirm through the console. Before I installed Mountain Lion (I did fresh install, not upgrade), Drive Genius notified me of this problem almost every day. I've not had any indications of it since this folder fix.

Below is a screenshot of where I'm searching for the files/folders. Is this correct?
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