[Editor's note: Read the following if you're interested in making your Classic environment work as quickly as possible under OS X ... Sparky has some solid thoughts on how to make Classic work better, and I'm sure there are others that could be added to the list.]
ok, since I did several things at once, any one of them could have helped or the combination. What happened is that Classic software that used to take 8 or 9 bounces to start now bounces once and opens immediately! woohoo!
[Read the rest of the article for a step-by-step description of what Sparky changed in Classic...]
I've been trying for 2 days to compile the latest postgresql after having installed "readline-4.0.2" (if you use the psql utility you'd know why I want the readline support). Anyway, after having installed readline-4.0.2 postgresql could never complete the 'make' process, all sorts of errors. On a last ditch effort, I downgraded readline to 4.0, and postgresql compiled just fine, and I'm one happy camper now.
Having problems mounting disks? Both .img files and removable media? Take a look at your /etc/hostconfig file. It should be about 27 lines or so. Does it contain the line "AUTODISKMOUNT=-REMOVABLE-"? If the file fails either of these tests, it may be corrupt. How might this happen? Probably due to a System Preferences crash or general disk corruption. If you'd like a clean copy to restore with, along with instructions on how to do so, read the rest of this article.
The gist of the article is that Sherlock can't index the entire drive, since OS X is a multi-user system. If it were to index the entire drive, you'd be able to see files and folders that may not be yours. So it indexes your home directory (which shows up as a separate, indexed "volume" in Sherlock), and blocks you from searching portions of the OS X drive that you may not have rights to examine.
Since it seems to be a little known tidbit, Mozilla actually has been carbonized and ported to OS X - the port is called "Fizzilla" and can be found here: http://www.mozilla.org/ports/fizzilla. So far, it's working pretty nicely - though its rendering is not as good nor as fast as that of Internet Explorer.
This may seem obvious, but I forgot to do it one so I figured I would warn everyone else...
If for some reason you do a fresh install of OS 9.1 (including from the CD that came with OS X) remeber to run the software update control panel to update the OS before switching over to OS X. I forgot to do this and Startup Disk TOASTED my OS 9.1! I was able to re-install it, then quickly ran software update to fix the problem. Aparently the version of startup disk included on the OS 9.1 CD is not compatible with OS X.
This tip allows for easy editing of files such as ~/.tcshrc or ~/.bashrc, so you can click an icon in the dock, and the file will open in TextEdit. Read the rest of the article if you'd like the step-by-step instructions.
Re-run for man2 to man8... Also run on any other man directories you might have (like /usr/X11R6/man if you installed XFree86 or /usr/local/man if you installed lots of 3rd party UNIX software).
The command will compress the man pages, significantly reducing their space usage. after that, 'man' will be a bit slower because it has to decompress all the man pages before display, but it's worth it if you want some drive space back.
If you use white space characters in your user account password, the "Installer.app" will refuse to install packages (i.e. "Developer.pkg",...). Use the 'File->Show log' menu to see what happen in the log, the Installer application will complains on access right on.
Change your password, in the "Users" system preferences panel and retry. Et voila.