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August 8, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
How can I make a Mac app crash reproducibly with the solution being to trash the app's preferences and have them rebuild automatically?
posted by joshrholloway to computers & internet (6 answers total)
I am setting up a technical test for someone, and I want to test their Mac troubleshooting knowledge. One of the most basic Mac troubleshooting steps is that if an app is having issues, delete or isolate the preference file(s) so they get rebuilt with defaults the next time you launch the app.
I'd like to set up a reproducible scenario like this, but the Mac apps I'm trying to break are much more resilient than I had hoped.
Does anyone know a way I can get an app to crash or have trouble repeatably that would be fixed by trashing the preferences?