File Buddy and Launch ServicesHow droplets and the contextual menu plug-in work
File Buddy droplets and the File Buddy contextual menu plug-in both work by passing items to File Buddy along with instructions for how to process those items. When a droplet or the File Buddy contextual menu needs to send files to File Buddy, it uses a part of the operating system known as Launch Services to obtain a reference to File Buddy which it then uses to pass the items that need to be processed to File Buddy.
What can go wrong
Why File Buddy can't be found
First, if a new copy of File Buddy has been installed but never launched, Launch Services won't find it for other applications. This is part of a security measure implemented by Apple starting in Mac OS X 10.3.5 to prevent potentially destructive applications from being launched without your knowledge.
Second, there's a general consensus among developers that Launch Services can get confused at times. It’s not known if this is due to corruption in the Launch Services database, incorrect entries in the Launch Services database, or a bug in Launch Services when it searches its database. In any case, there are times when by all rights Launch Services should be able to find an application such as File Buddy but claims it cannot.
Make sure you only have one copy of File Buddy 8 installed. If you have any additional copies, move them to the Trash and empty the Trash. Once you’ve removed the extra copies of File Buddy, launch the remaining copy by double-clicking it. This ensures the remaining copy is “trusted.” If this doesn’t fix the problem…
Option-drag File Buddy into another folder to get the Finder to make a copy of it. This causes the Finder to update the Launch Services database. As soon as the copy is complete, you can Trash the copy and empty the Trash. If that doesn’t work…
You can get more serious. Serious means deleting the Launch Services database and restarting. This has been known to fix problems like this in the past. In fact, I just had to do it the other day because my droplets couldn't find File Buddy. There are downsides to getting serious, though. If you delete the Launch Services database:
If you decide the serious approach is necessary for whatever reason, here’s what you can do:
File Buddy 9Use File Buddy 9’s Cleaning > Rebuild LS Database command. It’s best to do this when you have minimal software running and you can afford to not be using your Mac while the rebuilding is underway.
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