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Using fsck after application crashes Apps
Like many OS X users, I really love the fit and finish of Omnigroup's OmniWeb browser. It's very stable and so far has rendered every page I've thrown at it.

However, it does occasionally lock up at start-up, freezing the UI with it, forcing me to reboot. This is where a previous hint I reported here shows a practical value.

Read the rest of the article for a primer on "fsck", the file system check utility in Mac OS X.
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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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PostgreSQL compiles on OS X Apps
As many of you know well, PostgreSQL is a yet another open source SQL DBMS [Editor: ala mySQL, but a bit more robust, from what I've read]. Although they claimed compatibility of the database with OS X as of v7.1 and certainly it compiled, a few regression tests had always failed up until recently.

But, not any more. I grabbed the RC-4 source and it compiled just out of the box. Now, you have another choice for your database solutions.

Now, if I could only get its perl interface working...
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See temporary vCards in Address Book Apps
The Address Book application reads and writes from a single pool of addresses each user owns. (Library/Addresses/...). There are a bunch of them that get added, by Mail, I assume. You can view them by adding a new category called TEMPORARY (uppercase is important), then viewing the Temporary addresses category that's already listed in the main window. (That you can't see them already may be some kind of bug.)

Here's the step by step:

In Address Book, create a new item. Then, click on the Categories button. You should see a dialog to set the categories. Click on the round plus (+) button. For the new category, name it "TEMPORARY" - no quotes, all caps. Click OK to save it. Then, cancel the new item. That's it.

Go back to the main screen and change the popdown to Temporary Items. The new all-caps Temporary category won't show up anymore, and you'll get to see more entries here than you did previously. That's why I think this is some kind of bug in Address Book.
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Toolbar command-click trick Apps
In some Cocoa applications, if you command-click the toolbar button in the upper-right corner of the title bar, the toolbar will switch between Icon Only, Icon & Text, and Text Only modes.

I haven't had the chance to test this in many applications yet (primarily because there are still so few available), but it does seem to function in Mail, OmniWeb, Address Book, and Project Builder so far.

Unfortunately, it does not work in the Finder, where it would probably be the most useful.
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Play Zork on OS X! Apps
OS X may be the world?s most advanced operating system, but tonight, I took it back into the early 80?s. In the early days of the internet (or Arpanet, back then), a text-based game known as Zork was all the rage. I remember playing it on a TI Silent 700 dumb terminal with thermal paper, connected to the net at a whopping 300 baud.

Zork was the second big computer adventure game (after Adventure, of course), and it featured an amazingly detailed universe, and a slick English-language command parser. Infocom eventually published the Zork games for the PC, but my memories are strictly from the dumb terminal era. The first three Zork games are available freely on the web; more recent versions are still owned and protected by Activision.

Zork was originally coded in MDL (pronounced muddle), but over the years, it was rewritten in C, so I set out on a mission to get it running on OS X. After some searching, and a little bit of editing, I got it to work (as the screenshot shows; click here for a larger version). It turns out the hardest part was finding all the pieces. Read the rest of this article if you?d like to know how it works, and for step-by-step installation instructions.

If you don't want all the details and just want to play, grab the binary download of a UNIX Zork engine (Jzip), the first three Zork game data files, and a Read Me from my "Griffman's OS Collection" page.

And yes, I know about (and own) "The Lost Treasures of Infocom" I & II for the Mac; that's not the point -- I wanted to see if Zork could be run in a terminal window on OS X -- and it can!
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Double clickable mySQL installer Apps
Stories about mySQL seem to generate quite a bit of interest here, so here's one (last?) pointer to yet another way of getting mySQL running. This should be the easiest way of all - a Mac-friendly, double-clickable installer package. It's been tested by several people, and they've had good things to say about it.

You can find it here: http://homepage.mac.com/dylan_neild/FileSharing.html

CAUTION: If you have already installed mySQL (fully or partially), you should probably remove it prior to installing this version. On the MacNN forums, a poster claims that the package didn't work well with his previously installed version.
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Simple way to archive mail in Mail.app Apps
Create a mailbox using the Mail app preference panel (e.g. Jan 2001), drag all your mail you want to archive for that month into the mailbox. Quit Mail and go to your home library and find the Mail folder, open it and remove your newly created mailbox containing all your archived mail. I would then store this on a removable disc if my CD RW was recognized. For now I just store it on the hard drive of another Mac on my LAN.
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Copying audio CD files to your hard drive Apps
If you want to copy a audio track from a CD, you don't have to bother with importing it via QuickTime player or Toast Audio Extractor anymore. Just put the CD in and when you open it in the Finder, the files on there are in native .aiff format ready for you to just copy them straight onto your hard drive.

Cool!

Stuart
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Using TextEdit on HTML files Apps
TextEdit is a WYSIWYG editor. If you open up an HTML file, and you don't just see HTML tags, but you actually see the web document.

You can shut this off by specifying in the preferences to turn rich text encoding on or off for HTML files.

Sorta a neat feature, I wish the turn off rich text was a menu command as opposed to a preference.
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