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Run multiple finders!
Authored by: kirsch on Mar 26, '01 03:47:08AM
It can totally be done, here's how:
1.- make a copy of the finder to, say, your Desktop
2.- rename it to Finder2 or something (optional, but makes it easier to know what you're swithing from/to later
3.- open it from the terminal... type 'open ~/Desktop/Finder2' The Finder icon will start bouncing.
4.- Switch back and forth from the Force Quit window. You'll see all Finder's there :)

You can even launch "someone else's" Finder, say, root's, by su'ing to that user from the terminal. If you have different Desktop pictures for each user, the behavior can be quite weird. I have a snapshot of my machine running 2 Finders, very low quality so it loads fast (sorry). You can see I opened both Connect To Server windows (try that with 1 Finder!)

Marcos Kirsch
The snapshot!

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Re: Run multiple finders!
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 26, '01 04:07:04AM
you can actually not run someone elses Finder, excwept for root (Although this is what many might want to do, when backing up the hard disc, etc...). When you try to launch someone elses GUI-Progs from the command line, the Window server will refuse it due to access priveliges.

This behaviour is absolutely sensible, but there might be ways to change it for some accounts.

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