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I am running Mountain Lion and I have an issue when trying to start certain applications: Dropbox, Google Drive and Eclipse.

If I click their icon inside the Applications Folder or I try to launch them from Spotlight, they will not start. As simple as that, they just will not start, no sign of anything, nothing.

However, I found out that I can still launch them if I do the following:

  • Suppose I would like to launch Google Drive, then I will go to the Applications folder in Finder.
  • Right click the icon of Google Drive and select the option 'Show Package Contents'

  • Go inside the Contents folder (only folder that appears when I perform step 2).

  • Go inside the MacOS folder.

  • Double - click the unix executable file that has the name of the application I want to run, i.e. Google Drive

After this, a Terminal window is launch and the application starts and keeps running as long as this windows is open.

My questions are: how could I start my application in the easy usual way (click on its icon)? Has anybody experience the same issue? Did you find a solution?

Thank you very much!

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I would have posted images but since I do not have 10 points reputation this was not possible. – Octavio Apr 24 '13 at 22:46
Sounds like a permissions issue, but have you checked your logs? – zwerdlds Apr 24 '13 at 22:57
Fr screenshots, just upload them to any sharing site and include a link into your posts. Somebody with more reputation will embed the pictures for you. – patrix Apr 25 '13 at 6:02
Checking the permissions is worth a try. Select the application in the finder. Press CMD+I. That will bring up a info window. Locate the permission. There is an entry with your username that has to have "read & write" permission. If it hasn't, change it to r/w and try again. You could also try to run "repair permissions" from the disk utility tool. – cyphorious Apr 25 '13 at 11:35
@cyphorious thanks for your suggestion. I checked the permissions and they are set to read and write. I also ran repair permissions from disk utility and I still can't launch the applications. – Octavio Apr 25 '13 at 16:14

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