Bug #6705

mac 'The application "chirp-daily-20190412.app" can't be opened'

Added by Jim DeLaHunt over 3 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Status:Closed Start date:04/13/2019
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:- % Done:


Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Platform:MacOS
Model affected:(All models)


chirp-daily-20190412.app, freshly installed on Mac OS X 10.11.5, was refusing to run. Finder showed an alert reading, 'The application "chirp-daily-20190412.app" can't be opened'.

This is a different problem than Mac OS Application Security as described in <https://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/MacOS_Tips#Application-Security-in-109x>. I was right-clicking on the application, selecting "Open" from the pop-up menu, and then the failure alert appeared. Past versions of chirp have opened fine on this particular machine and OS with this method.

I worked around the problem by setting the "execute" file mode on /Applications/chirp-daily-20190412.app/Contents/MacOS/chirp. I did this from the Terminal, with the commands:

sudo chmod a+x /Applications/chirp-daily-20190412.app/Contents/MacOS/chirp

(Mac OS asks me to enter my administrator password.)

The chirp app runs. I quit the app.

Then, I repeated right-clicking on the application, selecting "Open" from the pop-up menu. This time Chirp started up.

Interestingly, once I got Finder to start chirp successfully once, it didn't matter if I reset the "execute" mode on the /Applications/chirp-daily-20190412.app/Contents/MacOS/chirp file. The app still runs. However, I will observe that four earlier daily versions of chirp had the "execute" mode set on that MacOS/chirp file.


Updated by Bernhard Hailer over 2 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback
  • Target version set to chirp-daily

It looks like you were able to resolve this on your own.
Have you seen this with newer versions of Chirp again? Thanks.

Updated by Jim DeLaHunt over 2 years ago

Thank you for checking in. I had not tried a new version of Chirp until you reminded me just now.

I was able to Chirp.app from chirp-unified-daily-20200430.app.zip in the expected way. The alert, 'The application "chirp….app" can't be opened' did not appear. I had upgraded to macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, since I filed the above report, for what it's worth.

I suspect the problem was an isolated build problem, and that this issue can be safely closed.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer over 2 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

Thanks for your feedback!

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