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  • dotDelete has been discontinued
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    Jake Burton
dotDelete... lets you quickly and easily change whether .Files are deleted from MSDOS formatted removable media from the menu bar.
What's New
Version 1.1:
  • FIX: Bug where user had to authenticate twice.
  • FIX: Settings didn't undo on some Macs
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formerlyarthurclarke reviewed on 18 Feb 2011
WARNING!! This hosed my system and I have found no way to contact the author to help me fix it. SERIOUS. iMac G5, OSX 10.5.8.

Followed install instructions and tested by trying to eject a PC formatted flash drive and only could get a message that the drive is busy and in use--and could not be ejected. The drive was not in use or busy.

I removed all traces of the app, restarted, and thought all should be well. Nope.

Not only that, now NO drive, Mac or PC formatted will eject--all give the same message. I cannot force ejection other than pulling the plug.

NOTHING will now eject by any means. I have DiskWarrior'd, permissions, etc. and my system is hosed by this dotDelete app.

I don't know who the author is or if this was done as a trick but there is no where to turn to. If anyone out there is able to help me restore my system, please email me.

I have a clone from 2 months ago, which would work but I would have to carefully copy back everything updated since that time from backup drive. I haven't used Time Machine. Thanks.
[Version 1.1]

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Ean replied on 18 Feb 2011
Yeah, this is kind of scary looking: 20 MB? No real website? Stay away from this one.

formerlyarthurclarke replied on 18 Feb 2011
It's worse than I imagined. NOTHING ejects. Not disk images, flash drives, hard drives--regardless of Mac or PC formatting. There is a pause and an error.

Yes, of course tried Disk Utility, then tried every "force" command I could find using terminal or those built into utility apps like MainMenu--they only come back with error.

I can pull a USB plug--but the image of the disk remains as if it is still there.

I've searched Google with all the key words that come up in the warning windows--telling me that the disk is in use--and none of them have any advice that helps. This problem is something entirely different.

The app, if it was meant to be real, is not even alpha status at best.

I've spent hours now and only can see restoring from an old clone and then painstakingly copying back from backups things that have changed. I may ask MacInTouch or other sites for help first. I need an expert to undo this mess.
Jake Burton! (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2011
My Apologies. There was one small mistake in the code and it may have deleted the original umountfile hence drives aren't unmounting. You can fix this easily without restoring please get in touch,
Jake Burton! (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2011
Urgent fix: Grab a copy of umount taken from Mac OS X from Copy the file into /sbin! Need more help, get in touch . Really sorry that this mistake was made.
Jake Burton! (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2011
> Launch Terminal
> type sudo -s
> type mv /sbin/umount-orig /umount
If that doesn't work please get in touch urgently.
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Version Downloads:307
Type:Utilities : System
Date:18 Feb 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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