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Simple cure for Mac crash/password problems
I originally posted this under the subject "corrupted notebooks", but I received several highly favorable responses by email & so thought it should be posted with a more apt subject heading, specifically mentioning its utility as a cure for Mac crashes. As one respondent said: "It can't be that easy, can it?" > I too was among the many people pagued by > repetitive Mathematica 3.0 crashes on my Mac -- > until I found the magic cure of write-locking > Mathematica's "init.m" file in my System > Preferences folder. > > This cured an incredibly irritating and recurrent > problem where I had to contact Mathematica about > once per month to reset my digital time stamp. > > It also cured a problem (perhaps related) where > Mathematica set the default Image Bounding Box > variables to illegal values, then stored these > values in the Preferences init.m file. Once this > happened, crashes soon followed. > > Nowadays, if I need to change global default > values, I *temporarily* unlock init.m, start > Mathematica, change the values, then immediately > quit Mathematica, and relock init.m before > continuing.