Thursday Nov 01, 2007

Recover from Mail.app "Loading address book" hang

Mail.app just hung on me a second time after upgrading to Tiger. My first reaction was to force quit the application, but when it came back, it's still hung. Activity Viewer says it's "Loading address book". Perhaps my Address Book is corrupted? Nope, Address Book opens up just fine. Then by coincidence I notice something: when I mouseover the QuickSilver icon in the menubar, the pointer turns into a spinning ball, so maybe they're related, but how do I kill QuickSilver? It's not even showing up in Activity Monitor! Fortunately, I can kill it from Terminal:

~$ ps auxwww | grep Quick
chienr 96 0.0 2.4 226172 37244 ?? S 24Oct07 5:06.22 /Applications/Quicksilver.app/Contents/MacOS/Quicksilver -psn_0_917505
chienr 1832 0.0 0.0 27376 420 p2 S+ 11:21AM 0:00.01 grep Quick
~$ kill 96

After this, Mail.app goes back to normal, and I just relaunch QuickSilver. Problem resolved!

FWIW, I'm using QuickSilver 1.0β51 (Build 3800) and Mail.app 2.1 (752/752.2).

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I currently live in San Francisco Bay Area. For the past seven years, I have been designing and building messaging solutions for Sun.

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