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Extension Manager crashing on Mac OSX

Posted Saturday, October 16, 2004 1:11:50 PM by Danilo Celic

Danilo Celic

Adding this entry because I've seen a number of people come across this bug recently.

What happens is that when Extension Manager is starting it crashes, and says that there was an unspecified error. This is happening because of a bug in either the way Extension Manager reads in the installed extensions within Dreamweaver or in the way that it installs Dreamweaver extensions that causes the reading in of extensions to break. I've not seen this issue with non-Dreamweaver extensions, but I've seen the crashing reported when installing an extension into another product such as Flash through Extension Manager. Apparently this has been a problem since Dreamweaver MX, and continues on with Dreamweaver MX 2004 on Mac OSX as there is a TechNote on the issue: Extension manager crashes upon launch after installing extension to Dreamweaver MX 2004. If EM is crashing on you, then please give it a read.

There is change to the process described with the TechNote that I think would be good to make. I would suggest moving one MXI file at a time into the "Hidden" folder, starting with the extension that was installed most recently and moving backwards, testing EM on each move to see exactly which MXI file EM is choking on. When you find the one, then start moving back the other MXI files making sure to again see if EM crashes.

As an extension developer, I think it fair to mention that this is not the responsibility of any particular extension; this is an issue with Extension Manager itself. Reason being is that I've seen this issue reported a number of times over the past year or so, and I've yet to see the same MXI file implicated more than once.

Category tags: Dreamweaver, Extensibility, Mac, Macromedia News