After a reboot several strange issues come up from nothing. Suddenly all system directory lost their icons: Desktop, Home, Downloads, Pictures, Movies... have the normal folder icon. Even in Finder's sidebar. In console.app I noticed this when Finder opens:

09/06/14 16:17:44,722 Finder[250]: Could not find image named '357D167A-6053-47A6-BD22-B028736F98C1'.
09/06/14 16:22:14,810 Finder[250]: Could not find image named 'D54AFEF0-1EF4-43D6-8F3F-84A181AC04B2'.
09/06/14 16:22:14,810 Finder[250]: Could not find image named '357D167A-6053-47A6-BD22-B028736F98C1'.

Every time I open Alfred 2 preferences these are reset to default. Themes, workflows, everything is reset.

At last Safari won't connect to service hosted on localhost through https

Safari can't open the page because Safari can't establish a secure connection to the server. I tried:
  • rebooting
  • repairing permissions
  • resetting safari
  • reinstalling Alfred
  • deleting com.apple.finder.plist
  • removing every login item and launch agent

The problem persists and I don't know what causes this or how to fix it. Is there a way to restore the custom folders Finder shows for user default folders?

Here there is the log of the boot taken from console.app.

  • @Buscar웃 What do you mean? Finder?
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 15:38
  • What I mean is, if you start in Safe mode or start as different user ? to check if your user is in trouble.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 15:40
  • In safe mode the icons are back.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 15:50
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    So now we know you have a application causing it, and it is not a OS problem. I would guess it is Alfred, so disable/uninstall and try.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 15:55
  • Ok, this is really weird. After the safe boot the Finder issue didn't appear even in normal mode. After another reboot the icons are gone once again. However I completely removed Alfred but the problem persists.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 16:08

2 Answers 2


try this in Terminal

mkdir ${TMPDIR}/com.apple.IconServices

This recreates the com.apple.IconServices directory, which apparently gets itself deleted from time to time.

  • Guess what? Today I turned the mac on and the icons disappeared again.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 17:01
  • Just made a clean install to 10.10 beta and after a reboot... same problem. It's obviously some program I have installed but I can't figure out which is.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 9:45

Ah yes, the disappearing icons trick. I had this happen a long while back, and it was pretty simple to fix. I deleted one file:


Then rebooted and the problem was solved. I think what happens is something can cause the Finder preferences to get corrupted, so deleting the .plist will force a new file to be created upon the next reboot.

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    The first thing I tried. Nope, it does nothing.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 16:21
  • Interesting. Have you cleaned caches, and repaired permissions?
    – l'L'l
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 16:22
  • @l'Ll Yes, I have.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 16:24
  • Well it's pretty safe to say that something that is installed is causing the issue. You'll want to try and remember when it was exactly that problem started. Do you possibly have the SIMBL plugin installed (which colors the sidebar folders) or anything similar?
    – l'L'l
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 16:43
  • I made a clean install a few days ago. The system is pretty empty. I have no SIMBL plugins or installed any software recently.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 16:49

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