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Adium and Camino crash on start

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Member Since: Jan 04, 2007
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I am very new to Macs, so please bear that in mind.

I installed Adium and Camino and everything was working fine. I later installed macgpg and mac GPG Keychain Access. I installed all the programs using my admin account. However, I do not use the admin account for anything other than administration.

So I logged back in as my regular account, opened GPG Keychain Access and click on Generate (to create my key). GPG Keychain Access crashed. It crashed everytime I open it and click Generate. I temporarily gave up.

I tried to open Camino and Adium, and they both crash (all my other programs still open successfully).

I have tried removing the preferences files for all those programs as well as removing the Application Support files for both.
To be exact:
~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0
~/Library/Application Support/Camino

Removing all those did not fix it.

When I log in as the admin, all the programs still work and I can create a GPG key in GPG Keychain Access.

I created a new regular user account and logged in as that account. Everything works (including creating the GPG key).

I do not know what else I can do. Please give me some ideas. I do not want to simply move everything to the new account because I would like to know what is the cause so I can fix/prevent in the future.

If needed, I can post the GPG Keychain Access and Camino crash log. I can't for Adium because it did not create one.

Some other info:
-> I have successfully created a GPG key in the command line using gpg --gen-key and can see the keys in GPG Keychain Access (which does not crash anymore because I am not clicking on Generate).
-> I am not using fink (I know that gpg has special install instructions when installed through fink).

Thanks for you help.
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Based on advise from someone, I removed various files and found that if I remove:
~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/
it solves the problem.

I had not even noticed, but my Address Book also crashed upon opening it. By removing this file, I lost all my contact (not a big deal as it was a new mac and only had test contacts in there).

Can anyone tell me how something like this happens?
As I said originally, I am new to Macs, so I am just wondering if things like this happen often in the mac world.
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Welcome to Mac-Forums, helpmhost!

Nope I never had problems like that. Looks like something corrupted those files, most likely the last software you talk about i.e. macgpg and mac GPG Keychain Access.
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To me, the important thing here is that you found the solution to your problem, which was the removal of the ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/ file.

Who could have connected that file to the issues you were having with MacGPG, Adium and Camino....certainly not I.

It can be quite difficult to explain why things happen in a certain order or what is the cause of a certain issue but I think you should know that your post might help someone in the future who is having trouble trying to sort out a similiar issue.

Sometimes the strangest solution works, there's no explanation.

From your 1st post in this thread I can see that you like to get under the bonnet for a peek around and as a result are learning quite a bit about your Mac.

Hopefully you will stick around and continue to learn and also help others here.
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