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Removing Firefox and libsmime3.dylib (Mac)

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Post Posted July 25th, 2010, 9:02 am

In the course of doing a software update on Firefox on a MAC, the following message came up:

The operation cannot be completed because the item "libsmime3.dylib" is in use.

Your support site indicates that I should remove Firefox and do a clean install. However, dragging Firefox to the trash results in the same message about libsmime3 being in use. Is there another way to remove Firefox on a MAC?

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Post Posted July 25th, 2010, 9:22 am

Reboot and see what happens. I'm on OSX 10.6.4 and FF 3.6.8 and there is no such file on my machine. [EDIT: it is in the FF application package.]

Also removing the application does nothing since all the relevant files are in your profile.
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Post Posted December 10th, 2010, 2:17 pm

if you use cisco anywhere connect vpn, you might want to check here:

http://siliconchaos.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... or-on.html

or try opening terminal and typing: sudo killall vpnagentd

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Post Posted December 10th, 2010, 3:00 pm

This thread is 5 months old and already solved.
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Post Posted December 20th, 2010, 5:53 pm

Solved previously or not, I am grateful for jojo's note as it was not solved for me.

I just this evening had a problem related to the upgrade and the only thing that released the libraries for delete was the killing of the cisco anywhere agent. exactly on base. perplexed as when I fuser'ed the library it did not show what process had a handle - would have pointed me directly to the vpnagent.

not sure if cisco has introduced some new constraint.

anyway, thanks jojo;

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Post Posted December 23rd, 2010, 1:10 pm

Thanks jojo - that worked like a charm!

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Post Posted December 28th, 2010, 11:48 pm

+1 to jojo's advice working for me when I tried to install the new beta. No response from the OP to "see what happens" is not a definite solution, especially if the problem could only arise (and thus be remedied) on systems with the Cisco VPN client.

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Post Posted March 3rd, 2011, 9:02 am

Thank you. This thread saved my bacon.

-Brian

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Post Posted March 23rd, 2011, 5:45 am

jojo 999 hit the nail on the head

thanks

Hovden
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Post Posted March 23rd, 2011, 11:26 am

Thanks jojo. Quick fix.

-Robert Hovden

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Post Posted March 23rd, 2011, 12:25 pm

still having trouble closing the libsmime.dylib file. when i open lsof -V, the list appears, but then when i type in grep libsmime3.dylib nothing happens, and sudo killall doesn't seem to work after, either. i'm a bit new to this, any suggestions?

dings
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Post Posted March 23rd, 2011, 3:38 pm

Hi, could be Evernote running in the background.

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Post Posted March 24th, 2011, 6:38 am

go jojo! :D

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Post Posted March 24th, 2011, 6:32 pm

Thanks jojo! That worked like a charm.

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Post Posted March 25th, 2011, 3:16 pm

I tried the "sudo killall vpnagentd" thing, and get the same message still.
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