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A discussion on running multiple finders System
Ok. The finder is not threaded and it can be slowed down by processes (like accessing your iDisk). Sure, the rest of the system is not slowed down, but what if I want to navigate my hard drive? Is there some way to launch multiple finders? A while back, someone made the suggestion of having multiple desktops in the beta to be able to be root sometimes, but not others. I tried his suggestions and they don't seem to work anymore.

Here's what I did:
  1. Logged in as root.
  2. Found finder.app (located in /system/library/coreservices)
  3. Made a copy of finder.app (the application, not the fake finder)
  4. Moved it to /Applications and renamed it
  5. Logged out and in as my normal account
  6. Tried to launch the new app and I got an error that the items are used by the finder and cannot be opened
The reason I did this is to get around times when the finder is busy. There's got to be a way (I think that SJ hinted at it when he said that there may be one day when we have multiple finders at MWSF). Let's get this working!
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Apple's OS X feedback page System
I put this up in the links section, but I figure it's worth repeating in the main body. Apple has put their feedback page online again, so we all have a chance to send in our rants and raves. Let them know what's important to you and what you really need to see before you can head to X-land full time, and before OS X is pre-installed this summer. Here's the URL:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/feedback/

-rob.
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Relocating the 'Users' directory UNIX
[Editor's note: See the comments for a walk-through on how to successfully move your 'Users' folder to another hard drive.]

I'm interested in relocating my Users directory to seperate partition on my hard drive, to make sure there's plenty of room for all my users files. Knowing that Unix requires certain folders/files to be in certain locations, is this possible? If so, what other files/prefs will I have to change in order to make sure the system understands this? (BTW, I'm a total unix newbie, but very keen to learn!)
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Carbonized SimpleText Apps
hi,

dunno if y'all know, but there's a carbonized simple text version in the "extras" folder on the developer cd. though no big deal, it always helps to have one more native x-app ... and everyone suffering from classic starting up when doubleclicking a simple "read me" might appreciate this. :)
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Keyboard modifiers and drag-to-dock behaviors Desktop
i just saw a nice feature of the dock : when you drag an object (file or folder) onto the right side, it tries to move other items to let you drop the object into an empty space.

if you want to quickly drop "into" a folder, just press the command key, and the empty space will disappear....

[Editor: This is pretty slick; hit the command key, watch the open space disappear. You can also hold down command before you drag the object, and the space will never open up in the first place!]

NEW INFO: You can also hold down CMD-OPTION while dragging, and this will force the system to use the app you are hovering over to open the file you are dropping.
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UK daylight savings time System
For UK users...

I you find that your OSX is still showing GMT instead of BST (British Summer Time) after this morning's changeover, go into the system prefs, date & time, time zone, and then change the pulldown menu setting from "United Kingdom" to "England, London".

Apple will probably get a few bug reports about this one because the current behaviour is far from being intuitive.
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Printing to unsupported printers System
'Anonymous' contributed this tip...I haven't been able to test it, as my printer is connected via a USB-to-serial connector which doesn't work in Classic, of course.


"I found a nifty way to print to my supposedly "Unsupported Printer," in OS X native applications. Just press preview to save the printer output to PDF and open the PDF with a Classic application like Acrobat Reader. You can then just print as you usually would in Classic (assuming you have loaded classic with all your old printer driver extensions).

This seems to work for my Epson Photo 750 although it may not work for others."
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Applications folder ownership problem and fix System
My 'Applications' folder has a strange owner. It's simply owned by "", with no name. Every time I try to add an application (by just dragging it to the window) I get this error:

The item "pepper -3.6" could not be moved because "Applications" cannot be modified.

I can get around this by logging in as root and moving files using the command line, but I don't get who this owner "" is, and why it;s there. Any suggestions??

Thank you, Alex Colomb.
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Edit the Apache web server config file UNIX
In the Public Beta, the Apache web server's configuration file lived in:
/Library/WebServer/Configuration/apache.conf
With the final, Apple has (for some reason) returned to a more standard (I believe) structure. You can now find the config file here:
/etc/httpd/httpd.conf
Sneaky devils, those Apple engineers! I tested it by changing the port assignment, and it worked, so this is indeed the active configuration file.
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What to do about a deleted root account System
I installed the final release of OS X today. I set up my account just as I did with the public beta, except when I am in terminal at the command line, and I try to become superuser, it doesn't let me. It says "sorry" and that is the end of it.

I tried changing the root password in the NetInfo Manager app, but that was unsuccessful. So I deleted the root account! Now I can't do anything with netinfo manager and I can't "su" at the command line, as it says, "su: unknown login root."

What can I do without wiping out my disk and starting from scratch? Is there a way to create a new root user?

Any help would be appreciated.
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