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10.5: Change the Finder's default Find window
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Mar 11, '08 11:37:55PM

You might want to fix permissions on any replacement or copy of the default_smart.plist file, once it's moved (back) into System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources, and log out and back in, or even restart the Mac (not just relaunch the Finder) before you make use of the modified default_smart.plist, since the permissions of the replacement or copy won't match those of the original file, and in my experience, this can sometimes cause odd behavior (like Finder relaunching) when you try to open a Find window. Just dragging the default_smart.plist file to another location (from its original location of System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources) (this will actually make a copy at the destination, not remove it from the source folder), will change the file's Owner from System, to the currently logged-in user, which for some reason the System doesn't like, even though Group for both the original and modified copy will still be "wheel", read/write.



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10.5: Change the Finder's default Find window
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Mar 11, '08 11:58:20PM

Hmm. The behavior I describe above was what I consistently found under OS 10.4.x, and I assumed it would also be true of 10.5. Wrong assumption. Behavior under OS 10.5 seems to be different when you drag some items out of System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources--documents you drag out, will get moved to the destination, removing it from the Resources folder, and the file's permissions don't get changed. Maybe Apple changed the behavior in 10.5 to accommodate people dragging modified default_smart.plist files into the Finder's Resources folder? But dragging folders out of Resources, or items inside folders that are inside of Resources, copies them to the desination, leaving the original in Resources. Go figure.



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10.5: Change the Finder's default Find window
Authored by: baltwo on Mar 13, '08 08:37:38PM

That's what I noticed, so I didn't mention it in the hint. IIRC, I didn't muck with the permissions on my changed plist in Tiger, either.



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