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Share one desktop between 9.1 and X Desktop
[Editor's note: Although this probably has no side effects, always be cautious when messing around with system-created folders! The thought of having one desktop in both mode is certainly appealing!]

I was sick of having two different desktop folders in Mac OS 9 and OS X, so I decided to combine them into one. Here's how I did it
  1. I fired up the terminal app and found out where everything lived:
    OS 9 desktop folder = /Desktop Folder/
    OS X desktop folder = /Users/username/Desktop
  2. I deleted the folder from /Users/username/Desktop with an rm -R Desktop
  3. I logged in as root and did a ln -s /Desktop Folder/ Users/username/Desktop
After logging out and logging back in, OS 9 and OS X now share the same desktop folder!
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Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 04, '01 09:38:26AM

i've got so much stuff on my 9.1 desktop, it's a pain to have to keep opening the folder for it to get to it. I'm really not sure why apple changed this. i can understand the desire to enforce the idea that this is a multi-user environ, but at least the option of putting the 9.1 desktop on the X desktop [on a per-user basis, decided by admin] would be nice.


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Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 04, '01 03:44:22PM

this may be desireable to you but I think apple had the multi-user environment most in mind. By aliasing everyone's X desktop to the generic OS9 desktop then you lose the user independence of the machine. Not to mention the priviledge nightmare when different users write different files to the same desktop...

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Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 05, '01 04:03:34PM

When you save to the desktop from Classic apps, they do save to the Mac OS X desktop, so the need for this hack is somewhat diminished.

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Be Careful and backup Desktop
Authored by: pwharff on Apr 05, '01 04:23:58PM

Make sure to backup or move any folders, files or apps you have stored in /Users/username/Desktop. Because if you follow these steps, it will remove any data you currently have store in the OS X desktop. But still an awesome tip!

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