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Another way to see hidden folders in the Finder System
Did you ever get annoyed when you cannot see the same files in the GUI as you do in terminal. Here is a quick and easy fix to enable just those folders you would like to see. Tools such as TinkerTool let you turn on all invisibles, but this method enables each folder on a case by case basis.

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Another method of changing your hostname UNIX
We all know you can change the host name in OS X through /etc/hostconfig, but that can have problems, such as Apache not working right.

In the Terminal type:
% sudo open -a /Applications/TextEdit.app /usr/share/init/tcsh/rc
In TextEdit look for a line:
set host = `hostname`
change `hostname` to anything you like:
set host = "Big Papa"
There you go, new host name without the hassle of hostconfig.

[Editor: I have not tested this myself, but the rc file does contain the hostname reference. I don't know the implications of changing it here versus editing hostconfig or using NetInfo Manager...anyone have any thoughts?]
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Enabling the root user TIL article System
Further to the existing posting about enabling the root user (three ways to enable the root user) Apple has posted an updated Netinfo manager method on the KnowledgeBase (you know, I much preferred the term TIL). It is Article # 106290.

Johnny_H

[Editor: I tried to get a URL for pasting here, but the newfangled KnowledgeBase appears to be having technical difficulties. I don't know what this article discusses, but it's probably worth a read if you use your root account.]
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Help with CVS on new machine UNIX
I've just bought my new PowerBook G4, throwing away the corporate Intel machine. Working with CVS on my old machine I wanted to continue doing so with my Mac, but... CVS isn't there?

And even if it is there, is it possible to use my old keys, since I use ssh to authenticate, in an easy way?

Or would I have to go back to my Wintel§ on which everything works just fine?

Thankful for any responses.

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Unlock locked files from the terminal UNIX
In response to a newsgroup request for a way to unlock files from the command line I wrote this script. Note that it uses developer tools SetFile and GetFileInfo (so you'll need the Dev Tools installed for this to work).

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Listserv for X or X server UNIX
Does anyone know of a listserv (mailing list) program that will work under MacOS X, X Server 10.0, or Darwin? If there's not one with a GUI, I'm more than willing to configure and install one under the terminal if necessary, but I want to stay out of Classic for this.
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View internet cache file Internet
Is there a way to view the IE5 disk cache (or OmniWeb cache)? Most downloaded images and multimedia files are temporary stored in this cache while browsing the web, so I was wondering as to how I can view and extract files from this cache. Any help would greatly be appretiated.
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Automatically mount servers at login Network
Question: how can I automatically mount a server at login? I've got two machines both running OS X, and I want one to always access the other as a server when I log in, but can't for the life of me figure out how to do that.
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Quick fix for list view opening below files Desktop
A friend and myself have run into this one at different times...

if you have a window in list view, with a large number of items, scroll down (page down, whatever) to near the bottom, close the window, the next time you open it, it remebers where you were, which is good. now if you trash or move most of these files, close the window, then open it again (sometimes or all the time), it opens with no files visible, and you have to scroll up/page up to see the files

I've found a fix to get it sorted out again...change how it's sorted (instead of by name, change it to by date) after you have scrolled up to where you want it to open (for example, at the top of the list), now close the window. next time you open it, it should open where you last set it to.

I've seen this bug happen in both my downloads folder, and my mp3 folder, in both MacOS X 10.0.3 and 10.0.4. If this isn't clear, just ask me to try and re-explain it again =)
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Shortcut key to start under X System
I don't know if this has been already documented but it seems that pressing X at startup will force the Mac to start under MacOS X if the startup system folder is set to MacOS 9 (at least if your MacOS 9 system folder is on the same partition as X). I had to use this trick a couple of times because I couldn't start under MacOS 9 which always crashed during startup for an unknown reason.

Note: if you press L at startup, you won't start Linux nor Lisa (well, actually I haven't checked !) ;-)

[Editor's note: I haven't tested this on my machine, as my OS 9 partition is on a separate hard drive. I also don't know which Macs it may or may not work on, as I have not seen this documented elsewhere.]
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