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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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ColorSync profiles won't transfer from OS 9 System
In OS 9, I used a ColorSync profile that made my screen look wonderful, but it won't work in OS X. It doesn't show up as a choice in the Monitor control panel as a display profile (in the Color tab). I've tried calibrating my monitor, but I can't get results that are as good as they were with this profile. If anyone could help me get this to work, I'd really appreciate it.

[Later that same day...] Well, I figured out my problem. Apparently, over the months that I've had the profile, it was corrupted through many moves and copies. So I just downloaded it again from xlr8yourmac, and it worked.

So if you're having trouble moving a ColorSync profile from OS 9 to OS X, make sure your profile hasn't become corrupted somehow; start with a fresh copy if you can.
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Move the mail.app drawer to the left Apps
In mail.app, the default behavior for the drawer (which containsis to appear on the right edge of the window. Coming from Eudora, I much prefer to see it on the left, but there's no preference setting for 'drawer side.'

Solution? Elegant, simple, and (as near as I can tell), undocumented. Simply take a message in the inbox, and drag it towards the left edge of the screen. The drawer will magically switch sides! Mail.app will remember this setting the next time you launch it, too.

Thanks for this tip go to 'cricket,' who works for Apple on the mail team and hangs out on the 'X4U' mailing list, hosted by The Macintosh Guy (also in Portland, I might add - it's a hotbed of Mac addicts!). See the links area for a direct link to the mailing list subscription page.
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