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Move internal iDVD themes to a different disk drive, volume or partition
Authored by: DavidVH on Oct 03, '05 05:16:46PM
If you are short of space on your boot volume and want to move the 1.4+ GB of Apple-provided themes out of the iDVD application and onto a separate partition or hard disk drive, it's remarkably easy (thanks to schneb's hint and symbolic links)!

You can use the Finder as described above to display the iDVD application package / Contents / Resources folder and select all the files ending in .theme, then copy them to a new location on the other disk or partition (I put them into the Application Support directory in my home directory Library); or you can use Terminal, which makes things easier because you're able to use wildcards and work with several files at once. If you're using Terminal, this is a piece of cake:

  1. cp /Applications/iDVD.app/Contents/Resources/*.theme ~/Library/Application\ Support/iDVD/Included\ Themes
  2. Verify that they're there now by typing
    ls ~/Library/Application\ Support/iDVD/Included\ Themes
    before doing the next step:
  3. rm /Applications/iDVD.app/Contents/Resources/*.theme
And you'll definitely want to use Terminal for the last step, making symbolic links pointing to each file in the new location from the old one:
  1. ln -s ~/Library/Application\ Support/iDVD/Included\ Themes/* /Applications/iDVD.app/Contents/Resources/
That's it! Remember that if you later choose to move the themes again to a different location, the symbolic links will need to be changed (recreated) too or they won't work any more.

Now you have a slim, trim iDVD application and all the Apple themes at your disposal!

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