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Unexpected gibberish [Jul. 15th, 2009|08:28 am]
Sorry, can't get screen cap or clipboard to do this at all. My keyboard won't respond to shift-command-3 or shift-command-4, also the Grab service on the services menu has its options greyed out.

What I see is an alphabet soup of alpha/num/punct characters and foreign characters (accented chars, s-zetts, ae ligatures, Greek sigma &c) along with non-alpha characters. Example 'words' include 'mrZhop', 'olzdq', 'cLip', 'ruiac', 'yko#zz' and so on, mixed in with string literals and variable names from the script and app internals for iTunes like 'pDur' or 'pStop'. I came back to one of my most-frequently-used iTunes scripts a couple of days ago and it had gone like this (luckily I had a not-quite-up-to-date backup).

I don't think it was to do with anything I did, I don't think it's a binary app, and I don't think Script Editor can make any more sense of it than I can. What has happened here, and how can I stop it happening again?

I'm on the point of believing software rot literally exists. Help!


[User Picture]From: xv
2009-07-15 10:31 am (UTC)
Oh ok, that's actually valid code. The things you quoted are four-character codes for applescript commmands. Um, apple has something somewhere that explains this. Usually it happens when the script is compiled against an earlier version of a targeted app that doesn't contain english equivalents of the codes specified.
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