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Recreate the OS 9 desktop folder Desktop
As shipped, OS X includes an alias to the OS 9 desktop folder. However, it's relatively easy to accidentally delete, which makes finding the original OS 9 desktop a bit more problematic. An anonymous reader sent in an easy one-line fix in the terminal:
ln -s /"Desktop Folder" ~/Desktop/"Desktop (Mac OS 9)"
This will place an alias of your OS 9 desktop back on your new OS X desktop.
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Possible to create a real alias too
Authored by: rcabell on Feb 22, '02 01:33:42PM

If you want to do this without using the terminal and/or user a real alias instead of a symlink, try this:

In the Finder, press Cmd-~ and type:

/Desktop Folder (if you have a single disk for both 9 and X)
/Volumes/<name of 9 disk>/Desktop Folder (if you have os 9 on a different disk)

A Finder window will pop up for the OS9 Desktop. Now, click, hold, and drag the icon in the title bar to the desktop while pressing the Cmd and Option keys. This will place an alias wherever you drag to.

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Possible to create a real alias too
Authored by: Nancy13 on Mar 25, '02 09:07:48PM

Dear rcabell,

Thank you!

Thanks to this tip you are now my new best friend. I have had OS X since the beta, always on a separate partition from OS 9. Both Desktop Folders were always available to me until September then poof. I have an alias that said OS 9 Desktop Folder but it was the wrong OS 9, it was the one on my 10 partition. I could open files that were on it through applications, but if I wanted to delete something or something accidentally got written there it was lost until I booted from that partition. I had dabbled with Terminal, deleting the alias Apple installed and reinstalling the alias but that still only got me the 9 on 10, not the 9 on the other partition. You fixed it. I'm so grateful to finally have access to that folder from the Finder again.

You really don't have to be my bestfriend, but I want you to know that I really do appreciate your help.

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Making desktop folder visible
Authored by: aranor on Feb 22, '02 04:19:14PM

I don't like the desktop folder on my desktop. Instead, I just like to have it visible on my hard drive. To achieve this effect, just open the ".hidden" file in a text editor (if you have BBEdit with command line tools installed, use "bbedit /.hidden" or change the path if your Desktop Folder for OS 9 is on a different partition, the .hidden needs to be on the same root level) and delete the line that says "Desktop Folder"

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Synchronize the Desktop Folders
Authored by: Paul Burney on Feb 23, '02 08:30:09AM

I hated the idea of having two desktop folders, so I syncronized them when I first installed OS X by doing the following:

Remove the "Desktop" folder in my user folder.

From the terminal, create a symlink to my user folder:

ln -s "/Desktop Folder" /Users/burney/Desktop

The only bad thing about it is I get a .DS_Store file on the desktop when booted into OS 9.

IIRC, when I performed this, what I really did was do it from OS 9. I just duplicated one of the symlink files (mach.sym, I think), renamed it "Desktop" and then replaced the "Desktop" folder in my Users folder. After that, you can just open the new "Desktop" file in a text editor and change the value to /Desktop Folder.

Well, I hope it helps someone.

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