IntelliJ Crashes on OS X

I have been running v.8 of IntelliJ on os x for a while now, and noticed the odd crash, particularly after waking up the computer.

Thanks to my colleague Tom Czarniecki I have found a solution that appears to be working.

Some googling turned up very little, but mostly points to the JVM being the problem. I had tried updating the Java installed on os x and setting the JDK to be 1.5 which did seem to improve stability but still crashed.

Tom pointed out that Intellij also has a configuration for the JDK version in its config which I updated to be 1.6+ and then switched my JDK back to 1.6 64bit. That was a week ago and not only have I had no crashes, of course the whole experience is smoother under 1.6! woo hoo!

The trick lies in the file

/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 8.1.3.app/Contents/Info.plist
<key>JVMVersion</key>
<string>1.6*</string>

To Switch JDKs:

/Applications/Utilities/Java/Java Preferences.app

Some other references I found along the way:

http://www.jetbrains.net/devnet/thread/282406

JDK Update:

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/application_updates/javaformacosx105update4.html

To See IntelliJ Log output:

~/Library/Caches/IntelliJIDEA8x/log/

UPDATE:

For Intellij9:

/Users/jim/Library/Logs/IntelliJIdea90/idea.log

(I found this using the activity monitor and then “inspect process” and you can see a list of open files and ports)

IntelliJ stores its plugins here (Thanks to these guys) :

~/Library/Application Support/IntelliJIDEA80

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4 thoughts on “IntelliJ Crashes on OS X

  1. It still seesm to crash every now and again. I also discovered that it doesnt like the 64bit version of java, so I set jdk 5 32bit to the top in the java preferences pane (Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Java preferences)

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