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Not sure about the Yosemite version because "About this mac" option doesn't work too. Terminal, X11, Screenshot to name a few, don't work.

Used to work fine since I updated from Lion a few months ago.

This message shows up in "console" when I try to open one of those options:

23/1/18 21:36:52,032 com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.Terminal.11392[853]) Service exited with abnormal code: 1

I found this answer from 2014:

You installed another version of bash,right? The default login shell is /bin/bash. you can change it following these steps,

go to "System Preferences" > "Users & Groups" click the "padlock" icon and authenticate right-click the icon for your user and select "Advanced Options..." change the value for "Login shell"

My default login shell is "/bin/bash" so I assume that this user didn't had the same problem after update to Yosemite.

At this point I'm completely lost with my poor knowledge on IT...

Thanks in advance!

  • Welcome to Ask Different! :) It seems to me that you're having some broader issues, not just with Terminal. Is that correct, or am I misreading your question? If so, perhaps your Terminal problem is actually part of a broader issue. Can you explain what happens when you try to access About this Mac and when you try to take a screenshot? – Monomeeth Jan 23 '18 at 22:20
  • Hi Monomeeth! First, thanks for your answer! When I try to run "About this mac", "Terminal", "Midi & Audio Settings", "screenshot app" and many others just don't open. I've tried to restore disk permissions but still don't work. As I said, everything used to work fine but I don't know if I could delete something today that causes this. I think I'll have to back up everything and reinstall OSX again... – Edu Claudin Jan 23 '18 at 22:30
  • Ok, so do you mean absolutely nothing happens? Or do you get an error message? Maybe a spinning beach ball cursor for a few seconds? Anything at all? – Monomeeth Jan 23 '18 at 22:33
  • Anything at all. – Edu Claudin Jan 23 '18 at 22:34
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Troubleshooting is a process of elimination and often requires some patience. In your case the best option may be to just reinstall macOS, but before doing that there's a few things we can try.

The first thing I'd probably do is start your Mac in Safe Mode and test to see if you can use your system

Boot into Safe Mode

Follow these steps to boot your Mac into Safe Mode:

  1. Fully shut down your Mac
  2. Restart your Mac
  3. Immediately press the Shift key and keep it down
  4. Let go of the Shift key when you see the login window (NOTE: If you have FileVault enabled you may need to log in twice).
  5. Take a note of what happens (i.e. can you launch Terminal, view About this Mac, etc)
  6. Exit Safe Mode by restarting your Mac as normal
  7. Again, take a note of what happens (i.e. can you launch Terminal, view About this Mac, etc)

Once you've booted into Safe Mode, let me know how you went and we'll go from there. Primarily we need to establish if everything works okay in Safe Mode or not, and whether things get back to normal afterwards.

  • Just tried with Safe Mode and don't work. I've noticed that Safari, Calendar and other native apps don't work too. Maybe it gives you more information about what is going on. Thanks again!! – Edu Claudin Jan 23 '18 at 23:32
  • Can you let me know the exact model of Mac you have? Also, can you clarify if it's only native apps that aren't working (i.e. do 3rd party apps still work fine)? – Monomeeth Jan 24 '18 at 1:25
  • iMac late 2009 Intel Core 2 Duo. Third party apps work fine. – Edu Claudin Jan 24 '18 at 10:34
  • Ok, some additional questions. 1. Do you have Time Machine (or other) backups? 2. Did you only recently upgrade to Yosemite? 3. What version of Safari do you have installed? 4. Did you recently install/update Java? 5. Do you use any professional Adobe applications (if so, which ones)? 6. Does Disk Utility launch okay? – Monomeeth Jan 25 '18 at 9:54
  • Finally I decided to update to El Capitán and everything work fine atm. – Edu Claudin Jan 25 '18 at 15:18

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