I am running Mountain Lion and I have an issue when trying to start certain applications: Dropbox, Google Drive and Eclipse.

If I click their icon inside the Applications Folder or I try to launch them from Spotlight, they will not start. As simple as that, they just will not start, no sign of anything, nothing.

However, I found out that I can still launch them if I do the following:

  • Suppose I would like to launch Google Drive, then I will go to the Applications folder in Finder.
  • Right click the icon of Google Drive and select the option 'Show Package Contents'

  • Go inside the Contents folder (only folder that appears when I perform step 2).

  • Go inside the MacOS folder.

  • Double - click the unix executable file that has the name of the application I want to run, i.e. Google Drive

After this, a Terminal window is launch and the application starts and keeps running as long as this windows is open.

My questions are: how could I start my application in the easy usual way (click on its icon)? Has anybody experience the same issue? Did you find a solution?

Thank you very much!

  • I would have posted images but since I do not have 10 points reputation this was not possible.
    – Octavio
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 22:46
  • Sounds like a permissions issue, but have you checked your logs?
    – zwerdlds
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 22:57
  • Fr screenshots, just upload them to any sharing site and include a link into your posts. Somebody with more reputation will embed the pictures for you.
    – nohillside
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 6:02
  • Checking the permissions is worth a try. Select the application in the finder. Press CMD+I. That will bring up a info window. Locate the permission. There is an entry with your username that has to have "read & write" permission. If it hasn't, change it to r/w and try again. You could also try to run "repair permissions" from the disk utility tool.
    – cyphorious
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 11:35
  • @cyphorious thanks for your suggestion. I checked the permissions and they are set to read and write. I also ran repair permissions from disk utility and I still can't launch the applications.
    – Octavio
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 16:14

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It is possible that this could be a hardware problem? Specifically the logic board. I discovered mine needs replacing. I am having the same errors. I also discovered that launching the Unix Executable works for many of the apps that otherwise won't load. This makes no sense to me, but after hearing two Apple Support Technicians confirm, who am I to question.

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