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Old 05-17-2008, 04:55 PM
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[How to] fix Rosetta (Crashing PPC Applications)

First of all you should check whether Rosetta is installed properly.

To do this, launch a Terminal & type:


If Rosetta runs fine, it should give this output:

If it doesn't work and says "Illegal instruction", "Bus Error" or something similiar, please try this:

1. Download this file:

2. As root, move /usr/libexec/oah directory somewhere safe for backup

3. unzip the downloaded file into /usr/libexec/

4. Enjoy PPC Applications!

If you prefer using the command line:

Open Terminal,

sudo -s
cd /usr/libexec
cp -R oah oah.bak
rm -rf /usr/libexec/oah
cp -R ~/Downloads/oah .
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:21 PM
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If you don't like the teminal and want to do this with the Finder, do it like this

- Press Alt+Shift+G. Enter as path /usr/libexec/ (Command+Shift+G on a Mac Keyboard)
- search for 'oah' and open it
- double-click 'translate'. A window with the message should appear.

In case you have to replace 'oah' copy the old version to a safe place like Puttabong told. Now copy the new version into the directory. You have to enter your password. After this use the Disk Utility and repair the permissions.

Info: I don't tested it 'cause my Rosetta works. If somebody tries it post the results here.

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Old 10-08-2008, 04:58 PM
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tried that

when i first ran the cmd to see if roseta was installed my whole pc shut down so i did what he wrote in the thread after i did a test to see if it worked and this is what i got

no such file or directory
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:48 PM
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A couple of weeks ago i encountered my first problem with rosetta when i wanted to setup my amd box to be used via apple remote desktop from my intel box. No-IP for mac is running on rosetta, i needed it and it was crashing. I fixed the issue with 'Rosetta fix', i believe, from Kalyway. Working flawlessly so far. Not sure upon what it's based on, but i think its a bit obsolete version(just checked -- its only translate fixed file in the pkg), fine working though. Will try this Puttabong for sure, thanks man.

Last edited by milanca; 10-09-2008 at 12:12 AM.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:44 PM
bullys1974 bullys1974 is offline
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hi Guys...

i don´t know what it could be... i cannot install PPC Apps anymore.

i am on 10.5.7 with andy voodo 9.60 kernel
my system runs very fine:

gigabyte EP35DS3
Quad6600 2,4GHz
SATA Drives
ATI HD Radeon 3650 all enabled

Now i want to install the software from datacolor to calibrate my monitor with a spyder3pro but it crashes on every try
i learned now about PPC apps and Rosetta in the last 4 hours. so i downloaded the application "transmission" to see if its a rosetta issue... and i didnt succed to install transmission - installer crashed on startup

my console logged: BUS error (see attachment)

the install-error log logged:

Process:		 Spyder3Elite_Installer [285]
Path:			/Volumes/Daten/Downloads/Spyder3Elite_3.0.5_Installer/
Identifier:	  com.MindVision.InstallerVISE
Version:		 8.5 (Installer VISE 8.5
© MindVision Software 1991-2005)
Code Type:	   PPC (Translated)
Parent Process:  launchd [113]

Interval Since Last Report:		  1063 sec
Crashes Since Last Report:		   4
Per-App Interval Since Last Report:  0 sec
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report:   1

Date/Time:	   2009-06-24 22:16:12.721 +0200
OS Version:	  Mac OS X 10.5.7 (9J61)
Report Version:  6
Anonymous UUID:  AA2A56B4-A8BA-4784-AEBC-D13E9E9D55BD

Exception Type:  EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS)
Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE at 0x0000000000000000
Crashed Thread:  0

Thread 0 Crashed:
0   ???						   	0000000000 0 + 0
1   translate					 	0xb809560e 0xb8000000 + 611854
2   translate					 	0xb80957ab 0xb8000000 + 612267
3   translate					 	0xb813cd60 spin_lock_wrapper + 2868
4   translate					 	0xb813cff0 spin_lock_wrapper + 3524
5   translate					 	0xb81541d2 spin_lock_wrapper + 98214
6   translate					 	0xb801169b 0xb8000000 + 71323
7   translate					 	0xb81555eb spin_lock_wrapper + 103359[left]
8   translate					 	0xb813c778 spin_lock_wrapper + 1356
9   translate					 	0xb800400e 0xb8000000 + 16398

Thread 0 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit):
  eax: 0xb81cda8d  ebx: 0xb81558cd  ecx: 0x00000073  edx: 0x00000007
  edi: 0xbffffaf0  esi: 0xb81cda31  ebp: 0xb7fffa48  esp: 0xb7ffe5ec
   ss: 0x0000001f  efl: 0x00010246  eip: 0x00000000   cs: 0x00000017
   ds: 0x0000001f   es: 0x0000001f   fs: 0x00000000   gs: 0x00000037
  cr2: 0x00000000

Binary Images:
0xb8000000 - 0xb81d7fe7  translate ??? (???) /usr/libexec/oah/translate

Translated Code Information:

Here is what i tried so long:

- i did the rosetta fix (downloaded and copied fixed translation to /usr/libexec/oah/)
- terminal check of translate is ok - no errors
Usage: /usr/libexec/oah/translate [-argv0 <file>] [-b] [-z <file>] <subject program> <subject arguments>

			  Override argv[0] for subject program execv, execve calls.
			  Display the current baseline version.
	   -z <config file>
 Config file.

[Prozess beendet]

- bootet with -legacy - no luck
- repaired permissions - no luck

what can i do to get PPC apps installed again ?

pls help

regards bullys
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:37 PM
bullys1974 bullys1974 is offline
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hi there,
since there was no reply i can post a new question.
i installed my system new with IPC 10.5.6 and was able to install my ppc-app that was not possible to be installed before.

when i updated to 10.5.7 and installed andys 9.6 kernel i tested the installer again... and now i cannot install it anymore.. so it has to be an update issue...

any clue on this ?
my ppc apps and some updates can now be not installed

regards bullys
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:51 PM
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Kernel 9.70 and System.kext didnt help
pls help on this if u know how to fix this

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:59 PM
bullys1974 bullys1974 is offline
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solved it by installing the 10.5.7 comboupdate by downloading and not installing it via softwareupdate

Even 10.5.7 running on original kernel

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Old 07-01-2009, 08:36 AM
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Glad you got it sorted.

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Old 07-06-2009, 10:06 AM
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yes me too sometimes its so easy

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