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Finder 'amnesia' and German 10.1 Desktop
After installing 10.1 on my German system, I was unable to change the trash warning prefs (it would change but not stick).

I have discovered that it seems to be a problem of the German localization of 10.1. The GUI workaround that I found is to switch to English as a system language and uncheck the trash warning box. When you change back your original language setting, your Finder settings will stick.

A terminal session with the line "defaults write com.apple.finder WarnOnEmptyTrash false" should do the same (although I did not test!).
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Two ways to pin your 10.1 dock Apps
I don't know if any of the GUI utilities still work in 10.1, but I was able to pin my dock to one side (or top/bottom) by taking the original code for pinning from the 10.0.4 version of DockMenus.plist and adding it to the DockMenus.plist file in 10.1. Refer to the original instructions for editing this file in "Move and Corner your Dock".

The code I added to the 10.1 DockMenus.plist file (~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist) after the closing [/dict] tag for key 1013 (as this was its original position) is as follows:
[dict]
[key]command[/key]
[integer]1014[/integer]
[key]name[/key]
[string]Pin[/string]
[key]sub[/key]
[array]
[dict]
[key]command[/key]
[integer]1020[/integer]
[key]name[/key]
[string]Start[/string]
[/dict]
[dict]
[key]command[/key]
[integer]1021[/integer]
[key]name[/key]
[string]Center[/string]
[/dict]
[dict]
[key]command[/key]
[integer]1022[/integer]
[key]name[/key]
[string]End[/string]
[/dict]
[/array]
[/dict]
Happy pinning!

[Editor's note: The easy way to do this (but what fun is that?) is to get TinkerTool 2.0 Preview Release. Under 10.1, it installs as an additional preference panel - quite slick, actually, and still free!]
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Installing MAYA on OS X.1 Apps
I've been using MAYA for MAC for the past few weeks, and was pretty miffed Saturday when I realized that the install Procedure does not work in X.1 (MAYA is only qualified to work in X.04). So I figured out how to make it work ... here is the install procedure:
  1. Install OS X.04
  2. Follow the MAYA for Mac install procedure.
  3. Install the X.1 upgrade over X.04
You will now have MAYA running in X.1!
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Disable the column-view preview panel Desktop
I've been following OSX since beta and I haven't seen this tip anywhere. If you edit the com.apple.finder.plist file in /Users/username/Library/Preferences, you can disable the preview pane in column view.

NOTE: All angle brackets are shown as square brackets in the following examples -- do not change them from angle brackets!

Open the file in TexEdit or some other text editor and scroll to the following area:
[key]StandardViewOptions[/key]
[dict]
[key]clmv[/key]
Within that [clmv] section, look for:
[key]ShowPreview[/key]
[true/]
Change the "true" to "false" (leave the "/"!) and then relaunch (via force-quit) the Finder. Now when you open column view, you will no longer get the preview pane! I found this out simply by looking at the preferences in the terminal using the "defaults" command and testing different values.

Editor's addition: There are a couple of other keys that do interesting things as well. Changing ColumnShowFolderArrow to 'false' removes the right-facing arrow that lets you drill down; changing ColumnShowIcons to 'false' removes the icons in front of the object names.

On my work machine, the entire [clmv] section was missing from finder.plist. I got a copy of the entire file from kaboom, and inserted the [clmv] key into my finder.plist file. If you're missing this section, too, read the rest of the article for a how-to on what you need to insert.
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SNAX - a Cocoa Finder replacement Apps
If you haven't had the chance yet, check out SNAX from CocoaTech. SNAX is a shareware Finder-replacement written entirely in Cocoa, and it has a number of interesting features, including:
  • A customizable toolbar
  • Contextual menus
  • Multiple Get Info windows
  • A preview pane which can be shown or hidden
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Spring-loaded folders
  • A global menu showing running processes
Take a look at this screenshot of the main SNAX window to get an idea of some of SNAX' features. I've played with it for a couple of hours now, and I'm quite impressed. The speed is good, and it seems to offer most of the Finder's features and more without quite so much overhead.

UPDATE: On Friday, 10/5/2001, Snax 1.1 was released. This release is optimized for OS X 10.1, and includes numerous bug fixes, speed tweaks, and a few new features. It's notably faster than the previous version on my 10.1 installation...

If you like SNAX, you can do something even more interesting with it. I snapped this screenshot of my OS X 10.1 box earlier tonight. Notice that Snax is running but the Finder is not. That's because Snax is my Finder. It's relatively trivial to replace the Finder with any program you wish, and I replaced it with SNAX for this screenshot.

Read the rest of this article if you'd like to find out how to make SNAX your permanent Finder...
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Save drive space during Dev Tools install Install
If (like me), you're installing the Developer Tools just to get the compiler and you have no intention of developing Mac software, you can save a large amount of drive space during the installation. Once the installer has launched and you've hit "Continue" a couple of times, you'll see a button for a Custom installation. Click that and then deselect the Developer Documentation. The documentation requires about 270mb of drive space. You can also uncheck the "WebObjects" item (the last one in the list) unless you're developing older WebObjects applications. You could also choose to uncheck the Developer Examples, which consist of source code snippets for use in developing.

I turned off all three during the install, and haven't noticed any issues in using the new 10.1 compiler as of yet. If you do have issues, you can simply re-run the installer and re-enable those pieces you'd like to add back in.
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Use 'Show Info' on multiple files Desktop
not a great hint but useful nonetheless, the show info menu in Get Info (command-I) now allows you to change more than one file at a time and if you wish to change the 'open with app' type it gives you a list of all possible apps, so you dont have to go find the right one. you can also change all 'other' types too, so all your .img files can be set to open with diskcopy or .sit files with stuffit.
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Change monitor brightness from the keyboard Desktop
To change the brightness of your screen, hit F14 or F15. This may not work on all hardware, it does work on a cube w. flatpanel display and X 10.1

(cubist)

[Editor: This had no effect on my third-party monitor ... which is not surprising. If it had worked, I would have been truly amazed!]
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Getting XDarwin running in 10.1 UNIX
/. is running a slashback ditty about users having trouble with XDarwin under 10.1. I've got it running fine, here's the gotchas.

Firstly, the general installation overview is summarized in a previous MacOSXHints article, so I won't rehash that here. Once you have xf86 4.1 and XDarwin 1.0a3 installed, minor tweakage is needed for great justice. The problem is that the xinit binary is not in the default shell's path, I fixed that at the user level by creating a .cshrc file (which belongs in your home directory: cd ~ to get there). Here's how: Obviously, use vi or whatever to create the file. For the contents, first issue this command to an open shell window:

echo $PATH

This will give you your current (and likely your default) path. Highlight the path and copy it. In your newly created .cshrc file, you need a line saying:

setenv PATH [paste default $path here]:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/local/X11/bin

You may also want to add a line for the man pages; the procedure is the same, but use echo $MANPATH for the default, and:

sentenv MANPATH [paste default $manpath here]:/usr/X11R6/man

(Note-it's hard to see due to the formatting, but between the copy/paste stuff and the new lines is a :, make sure it gets there)

After doing the above, I have a working XDarwin under 10.1. While you're hacking your .cshrc file, you may also want to check out another previous MacOSXHints article on ssh-see the first comment for another tasty usage of the .cshrc file... Also note-I'm sure this can be done at the system level, but don't know offhand where it's done, if anybody knows by all means post it on this thread...
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Email downloading troubles in mail.app Apps
From the X4U mailing list, it appears there's a bug in mail.app in 10.1 that only affects some users who run mail.app with no rules enabled. In some circumstances, mail.app will not delete the messages on the server, leading to repetitive downloads of the same email over and over (even those that have been deleted and emptied from the trash). Cricket (an Apple software engineer) writes to the list with the solution:

"Do you have any Mail rules set up? If not, delete your MessageSorting.plist (from ~/Library/Mail) and restart Mail. That should take care of the problem, which should only affect some POP users that have no rules set up. We plan to fix this in a Software Update."
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