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Whether you want to disable it or customize its behavior, the Crash Reporter can be controlled with this free Preference Pane plug-in. If you are using Mac OS X 10.3 or above, you can specify whether you want to be prompted (the default behavior), to be taken straight to the crash submission form, or simply to not be informed when an application crashes.

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Version 1.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Bartas Technologies (Developer) Member IconDev+21
Bartas Technologies (Developer)
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To the gentleman claiming the pref pane somehow affects his system performance: The Crash Reporter application is a built-in part of Mac OS X. It has a preferences file with an option instructing it what to do when it detects a crash. This is part of its functionality, though there is no GUI element that allows a user to modify it. This pref pane does not alter the crash reporter itself in any way, but rather tells it to remain silent or to immediately display the report screen. It does not attempt to kill the process because it is part of OS X. This does *not* affect system performance in any way; it merely changes a preference that previously had to be accessed via the terminal.

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Version 1.1
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Anonymous
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This application does not kill the Crash Reporter, but rather prevents it from showing up. The Crash Reporter stays as a zombie process, and it _does_ affect my system. I consider this to be worse than the maybe annoying popping up of a window, because then at least I know something is wrong.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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The Crash Reporter.app is part of OS X. There's only so much a developer can do and this prefs pane does not claim to kill the Crash Reporter ... It works as advertised.

asmeurer Member IconReview+5
asmeurer
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Thank you. I always felt that the first dialog was unnecessary. it was also too easy to choose cancel when i wanted to send the report.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I agree with the poster below. If you're a Mac user from the early years, you'll appreciate that the Mac, under the hood, was a highly technical, wonderfully complex thing -- but that was NOT the point! The point was to make a machine for the rest of us! That meant making it friendly, easy to use for the majority! For all you *nix people out there who've recently come onboard, you might want to take note of that, and not be so harsh with your comments.

Also, realize, one of the most difficult things to do is to take a complex idea, and make it into something simple.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I'm not sure I get the attitude of some people when a simple little front-end to what some consider a 'scary Unix thing' is posted here. Of *course* it's easy for power users to do things like this, but for the majority it is not. Looking up the command again if you want to change it can be a pain sometimes if you don't remember what you're looking for. These helpful, *FREE* utilities out of the goodness of a developer's heart are WELCOME. If you can do this stuff yourself, yay for you - you get a cookie. Biggie boy/girl!

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Version 1.0.1
Vitaly Member IconComment+55
Vitaly
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simple, small, useful. developer's support unbelievably fast and helpful. and it's free, of course

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Without being nasty, isn't this just a matter of changing the line:
CRASHREPORTER=-YES-
to
CRASHREPORTER=-NO-
in /private/etc/hostconfig ????

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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It's also as easy as typing a relatively simple command into the terminal - but many don't feel comfortable at all and would rather have a simple GUI to do it for them. That's why this is free. ;-)

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Yes, for the record the Terminal command is:
defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType none

Change none to prompt to return to the default settings.

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Anonymous
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Changing this line in the host config is 1) a privileged function for admins only. 2) affects all users when it should be a by-user preference. 3) requires some knowledge of the Unix subsystem, which consequently means you don't need little pref panes to help you.

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Anonymous
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*shrug* All I did was delete the Crash Reporter application...

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Um ... why *delete* a part of the operating system when you can simply instruct the operating system not to use it? Or to specify its behavior?

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Hmm... so to disable the Crash Reporter you delete it?

How do you get it back? Never empty your trash? Dig out your install CDs and re-install the whole OS?

Sounds dumb.


- Maclectic

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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This preference pane for Mac OS X 10.3 installs, like everything else, painlessly. Now I don't have to click Cancel any more when an application misbehaves and crashes. Thanks to the developer!

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 4,793
Version Downloads 2,377
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 15 Nov 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free