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Save 'unsavable' QuickTime movies (revisited)
Authored by: Daemon on Jan 21, '04 01:54:32PM
That "501" is not a magic number; it's the UID (user ID). Typically, the first user created on a Mac OS X system gets assigned the UID 501, but other users will get different UIDs.

IMHO, using the UNIX command line is far easier and straightforward: fire up and type:

cd /tmp/UID/TemporaryItems
ls -l

where UID is your user ID (you can find out your own UID with the "id" UNIX command). Then, find the "QTPluginTemp..." file you want to keep, and type

ln QTPluginTemp... ~/Desktop/

That command creates a "hard link" between the "QTPluginTemp..." file and "" on your Desktop. A hard link means that those two file are actually the same file referenced with two names ("links" in UNIX jargon) from different folders (UNIX directories).

What makes this method interesting is that you can make the hard link at any moment while the movie is being downloaded from your browser. If the "QTPluginTemp..." file is deleted (interrupted transfer, browser quits, browser window closed...), the link on the Desktop remains intact, and its precious contents too.

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Save 'unsavable' QuickTime movies (revisited)
Authored by: gdsimms on Jan 22, '04 12:03:28PM

This would make a good task for Folder Action Scripts: Attach a script that does a shell script hard link to a desktop folder for anything arriving in the TemporaryItems folder with the extension .mov. Unfortunately, I don't know Applescript.

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Save 'unsavable' QuickTime movies (revisited)
Authored by: zpjet on Mar 03, '05 09:59:36AM

it doesn't have the extension... however, it starts with QTPluginTemp.

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