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THE GOOD NEWS: One of many great things in Jaguar, compared to OS 10.0/10.1, is the fact that apps and main folders now have names in accordance with the first language selected (for example Swedish, as in my case).

It seems that this is made possible by dual names of the folders/apps. One is the visible name that you see in the Finder when you're logged in as a non-English user. This name is also displayed at the top of the Get Info window, but is only changeble from the Finder (if changeable anywhere).

The other name is the "real" name, shown in the "Name & extension" part of the info window. This "real" English name is used by the system to recognize the files and folders. Fine, soo far.

PROBLEM: After installing Jaguar (clean & archived install with kept home folder), the visible names of folders in my old pre-Jaguar user folder stayed the same, that is with English names.

Read the rest of the article for more on the problem and pre- and post-install solutions.

Now - if I created a new user in Jaguar, all folders of that user were named in my preferred language, even the Desktop folder and the Library folder. But when I tried changing the names of my old Home folder folders (although possible, except for Desktop), also the "real" name will change, which of course is no good. For example, applications can't find their preferences, since the "real name" of Library folder has changed. So - it seems that my old folders didn't have this dual names-possibility.

CONCLUSION: What I have learned is that if you want to "internationalize" your home folder, you should leave the "keep network settings and home folder" box (maybe not a correct translation) unchecked. Then, after installantion, create a new user with the same name as the old one, and copy the contents of the old sub-folders (Desktop, Library and so on) from your old user folder (now located in /Previous system -> Previous system 1 -> your_username) to the new user folder.

SOLUTION: If you made the same mistake as I did, you can do this change afterwards too:
  1. Create a new, temorary user.
  2. Log in as root.
  3. Change the owner of all the eight preinstalled folders in the temporary user folder to your username, with the Get info command.
  4. Do the copy-procedure like above (from subfolders in your old user folder to subfolders in the temporary one).
  5. Move the eight subfolders from the temorary user folder to your own.
  6. Log out from root, and log in to your own account. Now even your home folder should be internationalized.
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Much easier way...
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Sep 02, '02 05:50:30PM

Just move into the folder you want to localize using the shell.

The enter 'touch .localized'.

Repeat this for your other directories.

Log off and on again to make the finder display the changes.

VoilĂ !



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Much easier way...
Authored by: jjardoino on Sep 02, '02 08:27:03PM

You can as well copy a ".localized" file. If you choosed to see all the files (invisible and hidden) with TinkerTool. Then, a simple copy of the file in the Finder will work. No need to do much cd commands in the Terminal.



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Much easier way...
Authored by: jjardoino on Sep 02, '02 08:31:39PM

You can as well copy a ".localized" file. If you choosed to see all the files (invisible and hidden) with TinkerTool. Then, a simple copy of the file in the Finder will work. No need to do much cd commands in the Terminal.



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The easiest way
Authored by: ths on Sep 03, '02 06:57:29AM

Apparently there's a bug in the Finder because if you uncheck "Always Show Suffix" (or whatever it's called in the English Finder, I usually use the German one) in the Finder's preferences then you'll get the translated version. And if you check to always show suffix then you'll get the English version. That simple :-)



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Still does not work for me!
Authored by: poenn on Sep 05, '02 08:31:40AM

I am using the german OS X 10.2 and did update my previous 10.1.5 without archiving anything via the setup.
But "touch .localized" does not work, neither for the App folder nor the other folders like Users or Documents etc.

It is true that turning off to always show suffix in the Finder Prefs makes the localized folders work after i did the "touch .localized" everywhere.
But i found out that the bug only occurs in the Finder windows! My Macintosh HD which i dragged to the Dock is showing the folders in german, but the finder window does only do that when disabling to always show suffix, but i want to always see them, so this is not an option for me.

Anyone got an idea how to solve that problem?

have fun

poenn

ps: you can see a screenshot of my problem by going here (until apple cancels my .mac trial account :-)):

http://homepage.mac.com/poenn/poenn/screen.jpg



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