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I finally got around to reinstalling Classic on my Powerbook 667. The 9.2 CD installer would keep freezing when trying to find mounted volumes on which 9.2 could be installed. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, especially when I was able to get to the volume selection page but didn't have any available volumes.

Then I remembered I had used SetFile to make my partitions invisible to the Finder on my desktop. Turns out that all partitions need to be visible for the 9.2 installer to work properly. A few Terminal commands later, and I had Classic working again; a few more and the partitions disappeared again from my OS X desktop.

One other note, when using the Finder toolbar buttons to go to "Home" "Applications" etc, invisible partitions will appear in column view, but not on the desktop. A little annoying, but not nearly as bad as a cluttered desktop.
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Uncluttered Desktop
Authored by: stewby on Nov 23, '02 10:41:36AM

If your goal is to keep partitions off of your desktop, why not just go to "Finder Preferences" and uncheck "Hard disks" from the "Show these items on the Desktop" list?

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Uncluttered Desktop
Authored by: pejota on Nov 25, '02 08:43:21AM

I wanted the selectivity to allow say /Users on the desktop but not /Swap. I also have an external firewire drive with 4 partitions so when that is turned on I'd have nine partitions on my desktop. I absloutely hate a cluttered desktop so thus the use of SetFile.

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Uncluttered Desktop
Authored by: FastGM3 on Nov 25, '02 12:39:55PM

Sounds like you need Login and LogOut Hooks. Then for whatever user you want, the SetFile command can be used to hide whatever folders you want, plus. For more information go to

this was just written last week and is very informative.


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