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Authored by: mickelsn on Jan 29, '04 05:31:46PM

Well, this is a major blow--I was wondering what was going on after installing iPhoto 4 blew away the symlink in my wife's account, and my attempts to re-create it always resulted in the crash...

You know, I just have to wonder why Apple hasn't quite gotten there with a "family" setup...they have ALL the right pieces in place (a strong Unix underpinnings for good security, Fast User Switching, and some of the best-in-class apps for common home functions like iTunes and iPhoto).

After all, iTunes allows you to specify the destination for your library--I didn't have to result to many tricks to get things to work between my account and my wife's to share music (although something should be done about iPod auto-updating to make it a bit easier to tie auto-updating to ONE account even though the source library is shared). Why isn't there a similar option to specify your iPhoto Library's location as well?

And don't even get me started on sharing Address Book or iCal data between two accounts on the same machine...it should be easy, and it shouldn't take .Mac. It should just "happen" via the Shared Users folder.

For that matter, why can't (some of) these apps handle two databases at once? It would make great sense for Address Book and iCal (if not iTunes and iPhoto) to be able open one "private" library from a user's home directory, and a "shared" library from the Users/Shared/ directory. You could do the same thing with iPhoto and iTunes as well, setting preferences for where things ought to go be default when ripping or importing (with case-by-case over-riding of the preference setting). After all, do you like ALL the same music as your spouse? Or your kids?

Oh, well...time to file some bug reports...

Thanks...Neil



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