Google Gears issues

If you’re running (or trying to run) Google Gears under Mac OS X and persistently receive this message:

A Google Gears update has been downloaded.

Please close all browser windows to complete the upgrade process.

— It’s a problem with locks that never get unlocked. I’m not sure how this happens, but it’s easily fixed:

  1. Open a Finder window
  2. Navigate to your temporary folder:
    1. Press Command-Shift-G
    2. Type in /private/var/folders
    3. Navigate through folders to find the -Tmp- folder. For me, this is located at LW/LWyYk1hzEbCzrBJpFMdhE++++TI/-Tmp- within /private/var/folders
  3. Look for any files that look like IsRunning{gears} or IsRunning{gears}-##.##.##.##
  4. Delete those files
  5. Start/Restart your web browser, and all should be fixed
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  1. Mike Dorsey
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks that was really helpful!

  2. Abhishek
    Posted July 24, 2009 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Why is it that every-time I reboot my Mac, in the trash in a folder called Recovered files, there are 2 files that look to be from Google Gears called: IsRunning{gears} IsRunning{gears}- I delete them everyday, but it is a pain.

    Please help me out of this. what is the solution for that it wont appear again in Trash under Recovered Files.

    Thank You.

  3. Posted November 25, 2009 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Wow, lifesaver tip! Was just having this issue and now it’s fixed.

    Thanks a lot!