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Newly upgraded to Latest released OS X - El Capitan (10.11.5). Now when I open App Store app, the spinning wheel to right of < > buttons on upper left side continues to spin with no content visible below on any tab button. Originally, I saw that 1-update was available. I read an earlier note to use Activity Monitor and kill processes related to App Store. Saw 2 that had long process times (storeassetd, storedownloadd). Plus now see App Store Web Content in "(not responding state). How do I fix this???

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  • Go to Finder and press + Shift + G;
  • Locate ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.appstore and delete com.apple.appstore which are cache files;
  • Then press again those commands and go /private/var/folders, open each folder and each subfolder until you find com.apple.appstore and delete this folder;
  • Restart your Mac.
  • No such ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.appstore directory exists. Nor does (terminal) /private/var/folders/ contain anything related to "com.apple.appstore". Will restart in a few minutes. Maybe this will correct things. – Michael Murdock Jul 10 '16 at 17:04
  • Did all this. Doesn't seem to make a diff. No tab displays any content. Yet I was told a update was available. I selected Install. It went of to do something. Don't know what. – Michael Murdock Jul 10 '16 at 21:03
  • Am I forced to reinstall??? – Michael Murdock Jul 10 '16 at 21:04
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    Strange, they exist on my Mac. Ah, go only to ~/Library/Caches/ and find folders the com.apple.appstore, storeaccount, storeassets, storedownload and storeinapp. Delete these folders. Then go again to /private/var/folders/. At /private/var/folders/, there are two subfolders, go to the first subfolder and then go to that folder and after to the folder C that cointains the folder com.apple.appstore. – Gustavo Reis Costa Jul 11 '16 at 1:38
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    I contacted Apple. They told me to delete the whole Caches folder at the location you mentioned. Cause a bunch of problems that just got resolved and a lot of time and a couple reboots. Its working now. Maybe I'll follow your suggestions to the letter from now on. – Michael Murdock Jul 12 '16 at 22:12
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For me, the command that resolved this was:

sudo softwareupdate --clear-catalog

(Found here: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/221419/238906)

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After hours of trying different ways of re-installing an app from the App Store (deleting the app in Launchpad, enabling app store debug menu and resetting application, rebooting, etc) the only thing that worked for me was deleting the following folders and rebooting:

~/Library/Caches/storeaccount
~/Library/Caches/storeassets
~/Library/Caches/storedownload
~/Library/Caches/storeinappd

After this I was finally able to see an "Install" button next to the app I deleted rather than an "Open" button. In addition, 5 other apps I had deleted were originally showing under the Updates tab as having updates. After deleting the above 4 folders, those apps were no longer showing up under the Updates tab.

I think it's absolutely ridiculous that there isn't an easier way to re-download/re-install an app from the App Store.

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