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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard System 10.5
Like some others out there, I am not a huge fan of Stacks and miss the Dock's old functionality (i.e. being able to browse folders' contents by Control-clicking). I thought to myself, "The Dock is just an application in the /System » Library » CoreServices folder, so can't I just use Tiger's Dock.app?"

When I upgraded to Leopard, I backed up to an external drive and did an Erase & Install so I had a copy of Tiger's Dock.app handy. I used both the Finder and Terminal to do the switch (but I'm sure you can use one or the other completely).

[robg adds: What follows should be considered highly experimental. Using the 10.4 dock in 10.5 may have unforeseen issues. If you choose to implement this hint, that decision is yours. Proceed cautiously, and make sure you've got a good backup before you start! Read on for the relatively simple how-to...]

Disclaimer: I used sudo in some steps. If you don't know about/feel comfortable using sudo, it's probably best not to.
  1. Copy Tiger's Dock.app from the backup to the Desktop
  2. In Terminal, fix the permissions if needed:
    $ sudo chown -R root /Users/[short user name]/Desktop/Dock.app
    $ sudo chgrp -R wheel /Users/[short user name]/Desktop/Dock.app
  3. Make a folder called OldDock on the Desktop.
  4. Kill the running Dock, move Leopard's Dock to OldDock, and move Tiger's Dock to CoreServices:
Note: Replace short_user_name with your user's short user name. Since Dock.app is a running application and will relaunch right after you kill it, I had to string together the Terminal commands in one line. But in any event, Tiger's Dock appears and Control-clicking folders works again! Applications launch as they should, folders behave as they did...

However, the black triangles indicating open apps don't work properly. If an application is running at the time Tiger's Dock is launched, it will have the indicator (e.g., Finder). But any other app that opens after the relaunch will look like it's not running. (It is running though: if you click on an app you know is open, it still brings it to the front as expected.) I'm guessing the old Dock polls open apps differently and that method is absent in Leopard.

As far as I can tell, this is the only misbehavior. Personally, I right-click folders in the Dock a lot, so I can deal. Plus I use LiteSwitch X to switch apps so I often don't pay attention to the open app indicators.
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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: Little Neddie on Nov 13, '07 05:03:55PM

This old thicko cannot find dock.app

Where does it live?



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: Little Neddie on Nov 13, '07 05:05:25PM

Read the instructions stupid!

/System » Library » CoreServices folder, so can't I just use Tiger's Dock.app?"



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: gxw on Nov 13, '07 06:00:08PM

Thanks.
I was wondering if that would work.
Been to lazy to swap in my Tiger backup drive.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: mk400 on Nov 13, '07 06:37:56PM

(1) After you replace Leopards Dock.app with Tigers Dock.app you must run "killall Dock" from the terminal, or reboot to make this work.

(2) This is cool, and completely restores the old Dock, black triangles and all.

(3) This completely breaks Spaces. DOH!!!

I say again, Spaces does not work at all if you do this.
You should save a copy of the original Leopard Dock.app. Returning the Leopard version to its correct location, and rerunning the command above repairs Spaces.

Perhaps we can all petition apple for a patch.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 13, '07 06:40:29PM

I think the triangles are rendered. It tried to retrieve to image files for them to replace the awful dots in the 10.5 Dock and I could find no image files for them.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: Pedro Estarque on Nov 13, '07 06:43:46PM

Which begs the question, why didn't Apple leave the old dock as an option instead of reinventing the wheal by making this dark, less functional and only accessible through hack one ?



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: UCMacGuru on Nov 13, '07 08:38:13PM

What's that?

The sound of a thousand Apple programers making sure that this doesn't work in 10.5.1, sadly.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: Spaztik on Nov 13, '07 09:01:59PM

This doesn't work for me at all. I'm using Leopard on a Mac Pro. I can't get my old Dock to launch without it repeatedly crashing.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: dprb on Nov 14, '07 01:49:36AM

Leopard Dock annoyances and workarounds

There have already been numerous complaints about the Dock in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), most of them surfacing before the OS upgrade was released in final form. Now that Leopard Dock behavior is concrete, two primary functional (not aesthetic) annoyances -- all related to the way the Dock handles folders -- remain:

1. Hierarchy gone You can no longer access the hierarchy of a folder stored in the Dock. Instead of a pop-up listing of folder contents that can be navigated in hierarchical fashion, the only options are "Fan" or "Grid." "Fan" shows up to 11 items contained in the folder, with an option to go to the Finder to see the rest of the items. "Grid" shows a more complete picture of what's inside a folder, but still doesn't allow for navigation to sub-folders contained therein.

Solution: Use DragThing This third-party Dock replacement retains the hierarchical navigation functionality now missing from Leopard's Dock. It's $29 shareware, and includes a bunch of other nifty functions like the ability to create multiple docks, store clippings and images, and can put the Trash icon on your desktop.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: macevangelist on Nov 14, '07 11:28:35AM

Shameless plug. But true. Too bad that the process dock in DragThing does not accept folders to be dragged in on the fly. But you can specify permanent items to be displayed in the process dock in DragThing's preferences.

Together with BluePhoneElite to restore missing functionality in Address Book the latest release of Mac OS X is quite the cash cow for third party developers.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: dansluga on Nov 15, '07 06:27:05AM

If this works then why can't we plug in the DOCK for the earlier builds that had hierarchies in the Dock (Subfolders in stacks)? I think 9A466 had it. Anyone have that old dock app?



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: efge on Nov 15, '07 03:22:34PM
Step 2 can be written simpy: sudo chown -R root:wheel /Users/[short user name]/Desktop/Dock.app

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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: MSW on Nov 27, '07 07:17:25AM
I went to this site http://www.macosxhints.com/search.php?query=Dock&mode=search&type=all&keyType=all and followed the instructions. I was able to replace the 10.5 dock.app with 10.4 dock.app. Now the hierarchal pop-up folders have returned but other functionality has been lost such as Dashboard no longer works , not all black triangles appear indicating active apps, and Cmd-tab does not work to switch active apps.. So this hack is not the final solution.

What puzzles me so is why Apple would eliminate a valuable function such as a hierarchal pop-up menu in the dock and add a confusing feature such as superimposing a file icon on a folder icon in the dock (http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/mac-os-x-10-5.ars/13). I hope they listen to their customers about this matter and review the loss of functionality. It would seem that code-wise this would be an easy fix.

The state of OS 10.5 now has forced me to uninstall it and return to 10.4. I have never before had to do this with the Mac OS. In the past the new OS was always better in every way but not this time.



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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: tim-wood-MacOSXH on Dec 27, '07 02:22:21PM

I'm successfully using Hierachical Dock to solve the problem with having a folder appear as a Hierarchical menu. Woo hoo!

FWIW... the other big they didn't get it on Leopard (Spaces) can be partially fixed by Spaces Spaces Spaces. Repeat after me: Virtual Window Mangers are task-centric



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