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Minimize extension sets to reduce Classic conflicts Classic
As part of installing OS X, I upgraded my Mac from OS 8.6 to 9.1. When I first booted into it, most fonts displayed improperly and none of the icons displayed on the Desktop, making the system virtually unusable. Bad.

I eventually had the bright idea to boot 9.1 with the "base set" of extensions, without all my customizations that were there before. Then I started added back in the extensions I really cared about a few at a time to find the buggy one (I haven't found it yet-- I've been exploring OS X instead. :).

I believe to accomplish this I booted into 9.1 by holding down the shift key to disable all extensions, and then used the Extension Manager Control panel to revert the extensions to the "OS 9.1 base set". After another reboot, things looked normal.

[Editor's note: Similar tips have appeared over the last six months, but it's important enough to repeat. If your Classic environment is not behaving as expected, check the extension set. You'll want to boot with the bare minimum required to support the apps you use regularly in Classic.]
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Installing a newer SSH2 Internet
[Editor's note: Although Mac OS X includes SSH2, there is a newer version with some improvements - the most notable of which is the removal of the connection delay that you get with the current version. Here's a how-to from a macosxhints reader for the newest version. I have not tested this myself as of yet, but I'd expect it to work as described]

Installing SSH2 on OSX is relatively simple. The step-by-step I got partly from the 2.4.0 version of SSH README and in great part from If you'd like the full step-by-step instructions, read the rest of this article...
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Change your hostname from 'localhost' UNIX
If you're like me, you've been terribly frustrated by the fact that "hostname name" doesn't permanently set the hostname under MacOS X. After a lot of (unsuccessful) poking around, I finally found a note on the macosx-admin group hosted by

Edit /etc/hostconfig with your favorite editor. Change the line



HOSTNAME="your favorite name"

Works like a charm! Still, it bugs me that Apple has disabled many of the old unix standards - I think they'd make the platform much more attractive to a very strong unix talent base if they would try to keep the old standards where they still make sense.


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Network Preferences file location Network
The network preferences file is used to store all the user entered information about your TCP-IP/PPPoE/PPP settings. If you are looking to automatically setup these settings for use in an "easy installer", the preferences file can be found at this location:


This file is usually owned by root, in group wheel.
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Beige G3 install problem and solution Install
I don't know how helpful this will be, but in case anyone else is having a similar problem, I felt it right to share my experience.

I pre-ordered OS X a month before it was released, and tried to install it on the last Beige Macintosh they ever made - a G3 333 UWSCSI minitower.

The install CD did nothing but kernel panics, even when the machine was stripped to bare bones stock. It's now about three and a half months later, and after trying almost daily, OS X is finally installed.

Read the rest of the article if you'd like to see how Glen finally got OS X on his beige G3...
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Undo in the Finder Desktop
hmmm, came across this by accident. Probably most of you already know this but if not....

I moved some files to a folder thinking that I had copied them but errrr .... they moved, out of reaction (I was jsut using a text editor) I hit apple-z ... It was like magic, the files zapped back to where they came from.

oh well, if this is old news what can I say, it's new to me :-)
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Turn off File Size display to speed Finder list views System
in Finder list view (i searched and didn't see this, so if it's a repeat i apologize...), turn OFF "Show File Sizes" for the Global List View. As all Cocoa applications are now packages, meaning they're actually directories, this is the same as turning off "Calculate file sizes" in the OLD finder and foregoing the minutes it would take to go through each folder, calculate the size, then go to the next folder, calculate THAT size, etc etc. It's equally slower (if not slower) in X.
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Mail List/Preview window toggle Apps
Just a little quickie (but the little ones are usually the nicest!)...double click on the square just above the scrollbars but to the right of the message header titles (e.g. Date & Time on my std install), and Mail toggles from Preview Message to List view (or I guess more accurately, toggles preview off and on). Same happens if you double click on the separator bar between the lists and the preview.

Still a little light on functionality, and a bit slow when you have more than one mailbox (try 6+), but hey it's only a Beta oops i mean 1.0 release.
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Multiple icon sizes in one view area Desktop
ResExcellence has a VERY cool guide to enabling multiple icon sizes in a single Finder window or on the Desktop - you can set the size on a PER ICON basis! Don't you just love Quartz?

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Default start-up commands in custom terminals Apps
Not sure if anyone has posted this hack, but...

If you use custom Terminals for various tasks such as one terminal to telnet or ssh, and one terminal to tail a log file, etc. you can edit the .term file for each custom terminal to keep the shell you'd like to use -and- to also start up any default program or script you'd like.

If you'd like to set custom terminals with custom commands and still use your default shell, read the rest of this hint.

[Editor's note: This is similar to a tip that has been previously published, but it's a nicer wayto accomplish the same objective, so I've published it as a new hint]
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