GnuCash 2.6.11, Yosemite, and Gatekeeper

John Ralls jralls at
Tue Mar 1 17:33:04 EST 2016

> On Mar 1, 2016, at 2:08 PM, David T. <sunfish62 at> wrote:
> OK, John, that first codesign command yields the same info for me as you have here; your second command is the same as the first, so I can’t verify the second result.
> As for the control-click workaround, I don’t know whether OS X has changed something recently or what, but it didn’t work. OS X just puts the same “Verifying” dialog (it also fires up the CPU something fierce!).
> I have never seen this dialog 
> <Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 5.00.30 PM.png>
> before (despite having installed many non-Appstore programs on this Mac), which suggests to that Apple changed something. The only way I was able to get the Ignore and load anyway dialog was to go in to System Preferences and change Gatekeeper to allow apps from anywhere, Control-Click the icon and open from there. Then I got the Ignore dialog, got GnuCash to load, and passed through the Gatekeeper from Hell. And, yes, GnuCash now loads without trouble, even though I reset GateKeeper to install only AppStore and known developer apps.


Googling "el capitan verifying hang" turns up a lot of hits. Rebooting seems to be a common fix, as does bypassing GateKeeper in System Prefs. One person reported that booting in safe mode resolved the problem, but that might just have been the reboot. This one has a good explanation plus a command-line bypass:

Note that it's Xcode that caused the hang in that case. Maybe that will motivate Apple to do something about it.

John Ralls

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