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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id

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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id
    Dear all,

    I am having a problem with Terminal App in my MBP. After starting the terminal, it hangs with the following error mesg
    "ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id" I have to use Ctrl+C to stop it, but afterwards it works just fine. I have googled without success. Has anyone met the same problem before?

    Thanks!

    Bob

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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id
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    Do you have a .profile or a .login ?
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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id

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    I got the same problem.
    I think it could be because of an incomplete fink update for me.

    Have you try to update fink recently? (if you have fink installed on your mac.)

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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iodor View Post
    I got the same problem.
    I think it could be because of an incomplete fink update for me.

    Have you try to update fink recently? (if you have fink installed on your mac.)
    usually i fink update once a week...but i did not see failed fink update.
    good to know that not only me have this problem. so i might just wait?

    thanks to all of you.

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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Do you have a .profile or a .login ?
    yes! i do have a default .profile (never touch it my self)
    i just rename this to .profile.save and the error mesg disappeared!
    but lots of environment variables are defined there. without .profile, it does not find fink command.

    anyway thanks a lot!

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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id
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    Do a cat .profile.save and post it here, we'll help you get it sorted out from there. Or, you can start commenting out individual lines (put a # in front of it) and resave it as .profile and keep trying until you find it.
    mike
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    problem with Terminal: ps: Invalid (zero-length) process id

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Do a cat .profile.save and post it here, we'll help you get it sorted out from there. Or, you can start commenting out individual lines (put a # in front of it) and resave it as .profile and keep trying until you find it.
    thanks a lot.
    today i did anther fink update (i think it updated curl) and now it works!

    thanks!

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