Friday January 27, 2006
Beware the Tiger 10.4.4 Update
I finally succumbed to Apple's pleas to update Tiger on my powerbook to 10.4.4. Maven was dumping hotspot errors and Eclipse was misbehaving, so an update seemed in order. Well, when the system came up, my menu bar items (clock, battery status, wifi status, speaker volume, etc) were gone! The network settings were goofed up and I had this profound flash of regret that I hadn't done a backup before doing the update.
Thankfully, Mike Hoover and davidx (co-horts at Technorati) were on hand to assist and dig up the following factoid:
- if you've disabled spotlight (yes I had, spotlight don't do nuffin' for me 'cept chew up resources), then the Tiger update may hose things
- The fix was to ditch
- What I did was open a shell and
sudo mv /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle /var/tmp/, then rebooted
- Menu bar came back and from the wifi pulldown, I was able to recreate my network settings
Apparently, this doesn't work for everybody though -- so beware!
( Jan 27 2006, 11:39:48 AM PST )