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Mac auto-update to 6.0.5 crashed and corrupted app—how i fixed it



i was running Evernote 6.0.3 (recently installed by download, after App Store version wasn't displaying notes)


Evernote requested to update to 6.0.5; i gave it permission and didn't pay attention


today i noticed Evernote was no longer running and i see that it's icon is the "dead-app" icon; i checked the console log and i see this sequence of entries (anonymized):


2014-12-17 1:04:26.674 PM Evernote: Sparkle: Extracting /Users/****/Library/Application Support/Evernote/.Sparkle/Evernote 451190/Evernote_RELEASE_6.0.5_451190.zip using 'ditto -x -k - "$DESTINATION"'
2014-12-17 1:04:58.932 PM ReportCrash: Saved crash report for Autoupdate[31505] version 1.8.0 (1.8.0) to /Users/****/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/Autoupdate_2014-12-17-130458_****.crash

Sparkle is an updater tool that many apps use; the crash log referenced ties "Autoupdate" to Evernote thusly:


Path:            /Users/USER/Library/Application Support/Evernote/*/Autoupdate.app/Contents/MacOS/Autoupdate

so it is pretty clear that the updater failed and left a corrupted app


i fixed this by reinstalling from the 6.0.3 DMG i still had on hand; it once again offered to update to 6.0.5, so i gave it a chance; this time it updated correctly


(this is not a support request, it is intended to help others who run into this solve the problem)

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