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Moving Mac OS X to a new hard drive System
If you're looking for a way to move your installed OS X to a new volume, Robert Hancock posted a new method in this Macintouch Reader Report.

Supposedly, if you download Apple's Software Restore program (note: I can't find it on Apple's servers, but there's one on my 9.1 volume), you can boot into OS 9.1, run Software Restore, and tell it to restore your OS X partition or drive to your new drive. This will handle all hidden files and folders. Sounds like a fast, simple way to move a complete OS X installation to a new drive.

NOTE: If anyone can help with this, it'd be appreciated. I found Apple Software Restore, but when launched, it simply says "Cannot find any configurations to restore" and quits. Robert claims to have used this method a number of times, but I can't make the program do anything other than launch and quit.
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Command line FTP basics UNIX
If you're new to UNIX in general, and have only used programs like Fetch or Transmit as FTP tools in the past, you may find the command-line version of FTP quite daunting. There are times when you might want to use this, though, such as when remotely connected to your Mac, and you'd like to download some files locally.

Over in this MacFixit Forums thread, 'JohnBaxter' posted a nice overview of key commands to use when running FTP in a terminal session.
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Open directory windows from the Terminal UNIX
It's been fairly well covered that you can drag a file or directory into a terminal window to auto-type its path, but I haven't seen the corollary mentioned:

You can open a Finder window for the current working directory by entering open .
You can also open a window for the containing directory with
open ..

It's a very handy way to get at hidden files and paths without making them visible in the GUI.
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Running Jakarta Tomcat on OS X Apps
This must be common knowledge by now but since no-one has mentioned it ... after you install the Developer Tools, the generic *nix distribution of Tomcat (an environment for working with Java Server Pages) works fine on MOSX.

The one you want is in this directory on the Jakarta Tomcat site, and the particular file you want is jakarta-tomcat-3.2.1.tar.gz. The 'Mac-ported' .sea & .hqx versions seem to have a classpath issue & look as if they are actually running in MRJ, not under OSX (sorry, I haven't had a really good look yet).

The version above runs exactly like on Linux - ie. started & stopped with the command-line, so you get to see errors & messages. One problem, with http on MOSX generally though, I simply can't access localhost from browsers running under Classic!

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Limiting FTP users' access Network
Hi,

I recently got OSX and immediatly started to setup an FTP, using the built in FTP sharing in the system preferences. Everything works great, and the server is running, but the only problem is... every user has access to anything. I can't restrict access to folders (I dont know how anyways...) I would like a setup many different users who can only access their own folders, not my ENTIRE HD. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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Add a keyboard shortcut for Hide Others Desktop
Apple thoughtfully gave us command-H to hide the active app, but didn't provide a shortcut for hiding other apps. Jacco R. wrote in with a way to modify the Finder to provide such a shortcut.

Warning - Make sure you have a backup before you start hacking the system files! Also, this hack only works in the Finder, not any other applications. Finally, I have not tried this myself, but Jacco included a screenshot, and stated that it definitely worked in the Finder.

If you'd like to hack your finder to provide a Hide Others keyboard shortcut, read the rest of the article...
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Improve Classic Performance Even More Classic
This may be an obvious one for the power users, but still:

If you only plan to use OSX you can just do this, otherwise you may want to have a separate OS9 install for classic and one for booting into natively.

Don't install 9.1 taking the defaults. Choose a custom installation and rmove all the extras (text to speech, IE/Outlook, etc) basically only installing "Base" and the default networking. You may also want Quicktime and the standard fonts. Beyond that you don' t need the rest of OS9 to run apps under OSX, as OS X does much of the work for OS 9.

By removing all the extra I've reduced my Classic launch time from a minute and twenty seconds to twenty-two seconds.
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Launch mySQL at system startup UNIX
The following tutorial explains how to get mySQL (via safe_mysqld) started at system boot. "It took some time, but it's working now."

Read the rest of this article if you'd like your mySQL server to launch when you start your machine.

[Editor's note: I haven't installed this yet myself, but I will, and I'll comment back if I have any problems]
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Jump directly to files in the Finder Desktop
I discovered that you can jump to file names - sort of - in the Finder. You just have to hold down the shift key to do it. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, it doesn't recognize multiple keystrokes - so you can only jump to the first file starting with a specific letter.
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Reduce the X to Classic visual shock Classic
If you want the transition between classic and Mac OS X to be less visible you can install a theme (appearance) in Classic. The ultimate theme must be Liquid or another one called Aqua Theme. This makes classic look like OS X Aqua style.

Themes can be found on my iDisk in the public folder, the user name is jaws.

[Editor's note: Themes can really help make Classic feel more 'correct', but Apple has come down hard on those distributing Aqua themes, so they may be hard to find. I know of one other, called Aqua III, which has also been seen around the net. According to this poster, you can find some themes on his/her iDisk. I'm not sure how long I would expect them to remain there...]
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