Mac OS X 10.10.1: Icon Services cache gets corrupted and there's no easy way to fix it

Number:rdar://19521278 Date Originated:19-Jan-2015 12:06 PM
Status:Open Resolved:
Product:OS X Product Version:Mac OS X 10.10.1 (14B25)
Classification:Other Bug Reproducible:Sometimes

The Icon Services cache can easily get corrupted. I’ve seen it happen during a Yosemite install, a Yosemite upgrade and when installing apps with icons updated using the new Yosemite style.

When this happens, the only recourse is to use the following Terminal commands:

$ sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name -exec rm {} \;

$ sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name -exec rm -rf {} \;

$ sudo rm -rf /Library/Caches/

Followed by restarting your Mac.


Considering that this bug can easily be encountered by end users, there also needs to be a more user friendly way to clear this cache. Terminal commands scare the hell out of most normal folks.


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