-[UIThreadSafeNode canPerformAction:withSender:]: unrecognized selector sent to instance

i0S Swift Issue

Question or problem in the Swift programming language:

I am facing this crash in my iOS app.

Fatal Exception: NSInvalidArgumentException
0  CoreFoundation                 0x1b9079c30 __exceptionPreprocess
1  libobjc.A.dylib                0x1b8d940c8 objc_exception_throw
2  CoreFoundation                 0x1b8f77fc0 -[NSOrderedSet initWithSet:copyItems:]
3  CoreFoundation                 0x1b907e3d4 ___forwarding___
4  CoreFoundation                 0x1b9080570 _CF_forwarding_prep_0
5  UIKitCore                      0x1bcf33444 -[UIKeyboardImpl deleteForwardAndNotify:]
6  UIKitCore                      0x1bcf39154 __57-[UIKeyboardImpl acceptPredictiveInput:executionContext:]_block_invoke
7  UIKitCore                      0x1bcf5b0c8 -[UIKeyboardTaskExecutionContext returnExecutionToParentWithInfo:]
8  UIKitCore                      0x1bcf366ec __100-[UIKeyboardImpl addWordTerminator:afterSpace:afterAcceptingCandidate:elapsedTime:executionContext:]_block_invoke
9  UIKitCore                      0x1bcf5b0c8 -[UIKeyboardTaskExecutionContext returnExecutionToParentWithInfo:]
10 UIKitCore                      0x1bcf2bdc0 __55-[UIKeyboardImpl handleKeyboardInput:executionContext:]_block_invoke_2
11 UIKitCore                      0x1bcf5cd70 -[UIKeyboardTaskEntry execute:]
12 UIKitCore                      0x1bcf5b6d4 -[UIKeyboardTaskQueue continueExecutionOnMainThread]
13 libobjc.A.dylib                0x1b8d8faf0 -[NSObject performSelector:withObject:]
14 Foundation                     0x1b946ec10 __NSThreadPerformPerform
15 CoreFoundation                 0x1b8ff5260 __CFRUNLOOP_IS_CALLING_OUT_TO_A_SOURCE0_PERFORM_FUNCTION__
16 CoreFoundation                 0x1b8ff51b4 __CFRunLoopDoSource0
17 CoreFoundation                 0x1b8ff4920 __CFRunLoopDoSources0
18 CoreFoundation                 0x1b8fef7ec __CFRunLoopRun
19 CoreFoundation                 0x1b8fef098 CFRunLoopRunSpecific
20 GraphicsServices               0x1c3159534 GSEventRunModal
21 UIKitCore                      0x1bd10f7ac UIApplicationMain
22 Haraj                          0x102fc6058 main + 15 (main.m:15)
23 libdyld.dylib                  0x1b8e6ef30 

So far over a 100 crashes has been reported. This is happening only in iOS 12 and iOS 13.

I am not able to find how this is happening and how to reproduce it.

The stack trace does not show any of my app’s code.

I have uploaded the full crash report here.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

How to solve the problem:

This seems to be a regression of an ancient bug related to “forward delete” on iOS text entry: http://www.openradar.me/15114422

I believe it has regressed because of the new “swipe to type” keyboard.

You have 2 options to fix:

  1. Upgrade your deprecated UIWebView to a WKWebView
  2. Hacky solution: insert the missing selector on UIThreadSafeNode at runtime.

Here’s a code example of how to insert the missing selector:

BOOL canPerformAction(id withSender) {
    return false;

- (void)viewDidLoad {
   [super viewDidLoad];

   Class class = NSClassFromString(@"UIThreadSafeNode");
   class_addMethod(class, @selector(canPerformAction:withSender:), (IMP)canPerformAction, "@@:");

You should probably put the method insertion somewhere that only loads once, like in the AppDelegate.

Here’s the full example project if you need it:

How to reproduce:

Create a text entry form in a UIWebView, type some words, then move the cursor to the exact END of a word in the middle of the sentence.

Then, choose any of the predictive text suggestions. See the bug in action here:Screen recording of the crash reproduction

Hope this helps!