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In Topic: Native RM version for MAC

30 January 2018 - 10:40 AM

Hi Rooty,

             Despite trying everything short of buying a new SSD, I have not been able to reverse course as you say . I have tried so many things to get RM working its just not even slightly funny any more. To be fair to RootsMagic, [...] subscriptions are **** expensive). Oh well, I guess I just have to hope that RM are working on a native Mac version and it won't be much longer. 






I have had similar experiences. On one host I was able to reinstall onto HFS+ and the problem disappeared. On the other host, I found that after installing a demo version of the standalone Crossover product and reinstalling RootsMagic into it I was able to get around the immediate crashing error. So I now have a "working" RM7 though it hangs on FS interaction every 20 to 60 minutes.


It does appear that there is an issue affect 32 bit programs running on CrossOver on Macs with High Sierra and the appfs filesystem. Now I have uncompromising perspective about bugs like this and responsibility.

RootsMagic runs on Crossover on OS/X

RootsMagic didn't create the bug but it is still a RootsMagic bug, unless RootsMagic were to say "we don't support High Sierra" The bug could possibly be fixed by any of Apple, Crossover or RootsMagic.

In Topic: CrossOver is unable to initialize a critical component

03 January 2018 - 12:18 PM

FWIW, On High Sierra with the new appfs filesystem on an internal SSD disk, I am able to consistently workaround this problem by installing CrossOver directly and then installing a RootsMagic 7 within CrossOver. 

In Topic: High Sierra

02 December 2017 - 08:37 PM

An update:


The error message "Common/ChunkCompression.cpp:50: Error: unsupported compressor 8" does appear to relate to a High Sierra bug concerning both the new AppleFS File System that is a default in High Sierra, and 32 bit applications, of which Roots Magic is one example.

As in, every time I start Roots Magic that error appears in system.log as an error in the Rootsmagic application. Here's one example:


Nov 25 19:07:52 NewiMac RootsMagic[3506]: /BuildRoot/Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/AppleFSCompression/AppleFSCompression-96.1.1/Common/ChunkCompression.cpp:50: Error: unsupported compressor 8


I have a very drastic workaround for this.


I uninstalled High Sierra, reformatted the disk as HFS+ and reinstalled High Sierra without upgrading the disk to the new filesystem.

Its not great, but it worked.



In Topic: High Sierra

30 November 2017 - 07:20 PM



I tried these instructions again, reinstalled Rootsmagic, and still the application won't start.

I tried creating a new user (that would have a blank profile) and saw the same behavior.


It opens a dialog box, not long enough to see, and when the dialog box closes the application crashes too.


The same errors appear in system.log:


Nov 30 20:00:53 NewiMac RootsMagic[57514]: /BuildRoot/Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/AppleFSCompression/AppleFSCompression-96.1.1/Common/ChunkCompression.cpp:50: Error: unsupported compressor 8
Nov 30 20:00:53 NewiMac RootsMagic[57514]: /BuildRoot/Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/AppleFSCompression/AppleFSCompression-96.1.1/Libraries/CompressData/CompressData.c:353: Error: Unknown compression scheme encountered for file '/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/Exceptions.plist'
Nov 30 20:00:53 NewiMac RootsMagic[57514]: /BuildRoot/Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/AppleFSCompression/AppleFSCompression-96.1.1/Common/ChunkCompression.cpp:50: Error: unsupported compressor 8
Nov 30 20:00:53 NewiMac RootsMagic[57514]: /BuildRoot/Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/AppleFSCompression/AppleFSCompression-96.1.1/Libraries/CompressData/CompressData.c:353: Error: Unknown compression scheme encountered for file '/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Library/AppExceptions.bundle/Exceptions.plist'
I'm assuming that you don't yet have a 64bit version of Rootsmagic?
I'm using an iMac so downgrading to the prior OS would be a pain in the backside.
I imagine the only option that I have right now is to use Parallels, VMWare Fusion
or Virtual Box to run a windows VM and run it from there?

In Topic: High Sierra

25 November 2017 - 07:06 PM

I just tried removing roots magic, the ApplicatIonSupport folder and preferences file and then reinstalling a fresh version.

I still get the same errors written to system.log but now the application doesn't start at all.