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For about a week it occurs that System Services created in Automator suddenly refuse to work.

It happens on all Services, system-wide, i.e.:

  • Open in Marked in Byword
  • Create Symlink in Finder
  • Subscribe To Comment Feed in Chrome

I'm not able to reproduce it, the only solution right now is to restart my Mac. System Services will work for a certain time and suddenly they will stop working again.

It also doesn't depend on the trigger. Via menu, via shortcut or via iCal, everything fails.

No output in Console.App.

Any ideas?

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I am not sure what is triggering it (assuming it is not you)

Try rebuilding your launch services database. run the following terminal command

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

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Thx, I will try it once the problem occurs again. –  LeEnno May 15 '13 at 9:31
Just to make clear: I don't mean launch services but System Services, those that sit in the Services Menu in the Menubar of an application. Automator workflows basically. Under /Users/myUserName/Library/Services. –  LeEnno May 15 '13 at 9:36
Unfortunately this didn't help =/ –  LeEnno May 17 '13 at 8:05
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You could try running "Disk Utility.app", manually, and try to do the following:

  1. Repair permissions.
  2. Verify or repair disk.

If that doesn't work, you could try to narrow it down by starting from another volume with a different copy of the System Software.

That's worth a try I think.

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Thanks for your help. Unfortunately repairing permissions and disks didn't help either. There was indeed a problem with my disk (orphanded blocks) but the problem with Automator Services still persists after solving the disk issues. –  LeEnno Jun 24 '13 at 9:54
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