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Relocate the Applications folder via NetInfo System
I've found a method to move the standard Mac OS X Applications folder. Open NetInfoManager and go to the /mounts folder. Now, when the boring authentication process is done, add a new key applications (lowercase as shown), with the value of the path to your new Applications folder.

I've used this tip to share a single Applications folder with two copies of Mac OS X on the same computer (Tiger Developer Preview and 10.3). Enjoy!

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, and I'm not sure if this is the best way to do this or not -- but I do get asked about moving Applications relatively frequently, and this seems like a simple solution. An earlier hint (much earlier, from 2002) had a much more complex workaround, and it seems like overkill for the task of just moving Applications.]
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Relocate the Applications folder via NetInfo
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Jul 26, '04 02:39:46PM

Not for moving applications but for ensuring Apple's installers can still find your default install apps.
You could bury your iApps wherever you like now and presumably have no problems when an update comes around.

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Relocate the Applications folder via NetInfo
Authored by: cleanhead on Jul 26, '04 02:53:41PM

Isn't it simpler to put an alias to the apps folder in the root level directory, then keep the apps wherever you feel like it?



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Relocate the Applications folder via NetInfo
Authored by: paulskinner on Jul 27, '04 06:20:56PM

It is much simpler to put an alias in there to your new location for Applications. Until an installer looking for a FOLDER named Applications decides to replace your alias with a new Apps fodlder. It's rude, but it happens. And since you have to authorize installers that install to the Apps folder, it has permission to delete it even if you try to protect it.



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Relocate the Applications folder via NetInfo
Authored by: Brian Ferris on Jul 26, '04 08:50:06PM

I'm a naive new user and couldn't fin NetInfoManager on my computer. I partitioned a 40gb HD into 4 at 10gb. Now I want to move my applications folder to another partition and was told that just dragging it was a problem. How can I use your hint. Or am I the only lost one?



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Relocate the Applications folder via NetInfo
Authored by: Krazy on Jul 27, '04 03:33:26AM
I'm a naive new user and couldn't find NetInfoManager on my computer.

I think you looking for Netinfo Manager. It can be found in HD -> Applications -> Utilities
Warning: Editing info willy-nilly in a Netinfo database can quickly lead to a computer that won't boot, and requires a reinstall. I would suggest that you make a backup of your netinfo database, and know how to restore it (from single user mode) before proceeding.

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