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Using macOS Sierra, when I double click a file that is supposed to open with Atom I get this message:

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However if I right click and choose the default option it works fine:

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    Try resetting the association. Get info on the file, set 'Open With' to Atom [even if it shows already, select it again from the drop menu] & then 'Change All...'
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 2, 2017 at 17:23
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    I tried that yesterday. Just tried changing the default app then swapping it back to atom. Problem is persisting
    – Alex
    Feb 2, 2017 at 17:28
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    Then it might be time to rebuild the Launch Services database. Onyx [freeware] can do that, from Maintenance tab/Rebuilding
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 2, 2017 at 17:34
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    You should post your update as an actual answer, not an edit to the question!
    – grg
    Feb 9, 2017 at 20:38
  • @grgarside I suppose, although it does not answer why this is happening
    – Alex
    Feb 9, 2017 at 20:41

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Fixed by uninstalling atom (using appCleaner) and then reinstalling most recent version.

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  • Yeah, Atom can be, well… annoying at times. It sometimes stores the ghost of a version and only leaves shortcuts to non existent files. The only way I have found to fix this is to delete and reinstall atom every once in a while. Hope they fix this soon! Feb 10, 2017 at 1:38

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