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Authored by: klktrk on Oct 21, '02 02:24:46PM

From the horse's mouth:
"'Optimizing' refers to the execution of a process called 'update_prebinding,' which allows applications to open faster by precalculating the address information of system data the applications use. This optimization is performed on the Mac OS X startup disk when Apple updates certain system components. Though update_prebinding may be executed manually, it is not necessary to use it at any other time."
--From Knowledge Base article ID: 106300

By the way, if your directory is corrupted this could mess up your system. Fix your directory with DiskWarrior first, then do this. Or, just don't do it. It will not radically change your experience for the better.

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