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El Capitan: danger of a hard restart?

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My Finder is hung and removing this file did not fix it:

rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Should I do a hard restart?
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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Do you have a recent time machine backup? Then a reset is no problem at all, you can always recover.

But if your system hangs then you have to reboot anyway.
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I did a Time Machine backup, but if I recall, my Finder was already acting oddly. So, that backup is already impaired. I have another one from a few days prior.

But, just doing a hard restart does not mean I automatically must restore, right? That's just the worst case scenario.

Thanks
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by:John Hurst
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Forcing a computer off does not normally mean a restore. Bugs before the incident (Finder acting oddly) may require a restore but that is different.

I usually start the shutdown procedure and then wait 10 minutes for as much to happen as will happen and then force off. This normally works for me (95% of the time).
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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It's just a worst case scenario. Did you reboot after the change you made?
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I assume the change you mean was the removal of that plist file?

I have not been able to reboot, so no.

I am about to hard reboot. Is that my only option?
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If nothing else will work and if Safe Mode will not work, then yes.
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I can not get to Safe Mode unless I hard restart.
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This discussion is 6 hours old, your system won't shutdown the normal way, you have to force the reboot.
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Yes, and it worked!

Yay!
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by:John Hurst
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Thanks for the update and Good News!
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by:serialband
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You could have force quit the finder first.  There are numerous ways to force quit.  A hard restart is basically a force quit of the entire system.
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