I've had the exact same problem. I'm running CS6 on a 2008 Macbook Pro, Mac OS X 10.7.4, haven't ever had SMART software installed. I've puchased a copy of Illustrator and am nearly unable to use it because of this issue.
I've also got this issue, having it now in fact, rebooting sometimes helps but rebooting every time I want to run Illustrator is definitely pretty sour!
CS6 (Creative Cloud), OS X 10.7.4, 2010 iMac, no whiteboard software
I have the same issue. Brand new MBP. Everything current and to date.
same here - OS X 10.7.4 2011 MBP 17"
edit the “launchd.conf” file which is located in /etc directory.
1.) Go to finder
2.) Go to the Go Menu at the top of the screen
3.) Scroll to “Go to Folder…
4.) When the pop-up box comes up, type /etc
5.) locate the “launchd.conf” file, open it in TextEdit. The entry that is causing the problem is the “limit maxfiles” line. If you remove that line and restart your machine the problem will be fixed. If you remove the whole file, your SmartBoard preferences will be lost, apparently, but I didn’t verify this.
6.) Restart your computer.
Once you restart, Illustrator should launch without any problems.
also if It gives issue while editing i had made a copy on the desktop and then deleted the copy inside the ETC folder
and it launched the illustrator and solved this issue
let me know if it sloved yours
I don't have a launchd.conf in my /etc folder.
What's a SmartBoard?
I haven't got a launchd.conf either. It seems like a lot of users of certain software (like SmartBoard, for instance) have this issue—but it's definitely not limited to them. Unfortunate, because most of the fixes (like this one) are primarily pointed at those users!
Here's my double post:
I guess this is the most up-to-date thread on this problem; for what it's worth, here's my (strange) experience:
AI was working fine on Mac OS X 10.7.4; after I upgraded to 10.8 ('clean install') I started getting the error. I tried everything suggested on the forums and Adobe's official help page, to no avail. I don't have any of the .conf files mentioned, and don't even know what 'SMART' is. (sudo-ing didn't work either; it wouldn't let me save anything?!)
Then today everything just went back to normal. The only change I made with the computer in the meantime was to re-install Parallels Desktop 7, and perhaps 3 restarts. There was no change in AI's behavior after the first restart. After the second restart, AI would run for only one session—after I quit and wanted to come back, I got the error, again. Now, it's 'back to normal'.
I'm not confident that things will stay this way, though. This isn't exactly a 'crash' either, so there's no report to send to Adobe. I guess the best we can do is to keep these threads alive.
This works for me !!!
1 - Try deleting font database (I use Fontexplorer X Pro)
2 - Stick to Firefox
The latest Illustrator update (16.0.1; I think it was released less than a week ago) fixed the problem for me.