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AutoCAD 2013 for Mac: Another splash screen disappears solution...

We recently has an interesting scenario when starting AutoCAD 2013 on a Mac, the splash screen would start then suddenly disappear.  In the console, the following error message would be displayed:

12-05-18 9:36:46.904 AM [0x0-0x92092].com.autodesk.AutoCAD_LT_2013: set SkipExisting to true

It appeared to be a symtom of a corrupted productinformation.pit or a adskflex_*_ .data file but it was NOT  the case.

FYI, the productinformation.pit file on the Mac is located here:

/Library/Application Support/Autodesk/ADLM/.config/

Mac-pit2

cd "/Library/Application Support/Autodesk/ADLM/.config/"
cd /Library/Application\ Support/Autodesk/ADLM/.config/

The adskflex_*_ .data file on the Mac is located here:

/Library/Preferences/FLEXnet Publisher/FLEXnet

Mac-data2

cd "/Library/Preferences/FLEXnet Publisher/FLEXnet"
cd /Library/Preferences/FLEXnet\ Publisher/FLEXnet

The solution was quite interesting, in this case, if you are using Apple's Screen Sharing [Version 1.3.2 on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion] feature, you will need to make sure that a monitor is connected to the computer before launching the software. This made me think of the good old days of headless SGI computers.  SGI computers back then would not startup if you didn't have a mouse or keyboard connected to them*.

*http://software.majix.org/irix/admin-headless.shtml
http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/features.html#screensharing
http://mobilemeandering.com/screen-sharing-mac-osx-lion/

Reference:

http://upandready.typepad.com/up_and_ready/2011/11/general-licensing-what-is-the-productinformationpit-file.html
http://upandready.typepad.com/up_and_ready/2012/02/alias-design-2012-for-mac-the-case-of-the-symbol-time-machine-lmu-and-the-splash-screen.html

Thanks to James Litwin for sharing this tip with the community.

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