User 'pata' writes: "Hello, does anyone know of a way to find the hard disk size and available space short of doing a df -k from the command prompt? Apple, in their infinite wisdom, removed this from the Get Info dialog of a Drive on the Desktop?"
It certainly appears that way. If you do Get Info on a desktop drive icon, you get fairly basic information on kind, where, created, modified, and format, but not on size or usage.
However, if you simply click on that same disk icon, but in a Finder window, the Get Info window changes (on the fly, I love that!) to add Capacity, Available, and Used. So it's still there, but not for drives on the desktop, just for drives in Finder windows.
Reader "parki" wrote in with the question "I recognize that I am likely missing the obvious, but does anyone know how to have apps auto launched when I log in, re-creating the environment when I log out?"
There's at least a partial answer in the System Prefs application. Go to the Login panel, and you can add applications to the list. You can even (apparently) add shell scripts, which opens up a world of possibilities. I was able to add a shell script, but I didn't test it with a logout/login combo. Interesting to think about what you could do, though.
Launching the apps isn't quite totally recreating the environment, but it's a start.
Many people have complained about File Sharing hogging processor cycles, and have reported better system behavior after disabling File Sharing.
I came across the UNIX command nice, which says you can, "invoke a command with an altered scheduling priority." I read this to mean that you could possibly start File Sharing with a lower processing priority, thus causing a reduced drain on system resources.
If anyone is savvy enough to try, please let us know.
[Editor's note: See the comments -- nice is broken in the current release of Mac OS X, so this command will have no impact].
There's an annoying side effect of locking file when it comes to Mac OS X -- there's no fast way to override the state, like option-Empty Trash in OS 9.
Not only does this not exist, but the Finder will report that you do not have "sufficient privileges" to delete the file (which may be correct in a way, but rather misleading since we now have permissions to worry about).
Does anyone know of a quick way to remove file locks from the Terminal or another app? I've tried xFiles 1.0b1, but it doesn't seem to recognize that the files are locked at all.
[Editor's note: See the comments for the solution!]
Try as I might, I just can't get the directory permission concept to stick in my Macified brain. Is there a GUI app out there that can display and edit directory permissions in OSX Final? If not, anybody care to build one?
I moved applications like mail, sherlock, explorer into a folder. The result was that the next time i logged in the application was shown as a "?" in the dock. This wasn't really a problem. I just moved the apps back into the dock and they work just fine again. With one exception. Sherlock didn't work anymore with the "command F" key combo. It returns a messages saying it cannot find the application.
Any ideas on how to change the orginal position of an application? So that for example "command F" will work.
I had a similar problem with TextEdit. The Terminal couldn't find the application that was removed from it's orginal position.
I really like to change the original positions so i can create a more structural hiearchy in my folders. The way Apple did it is too messy for me.
I would just like to say that you don't need to remove any files to get soundsticks to work, as was required in the beta. I plugged mine into my Cube 450 and they didn't work at first, but after I downloaded iTunes I noticed they worked, just not loud enough (system was set at max volume) ... so I lowered the volume, and the actual volume jumped up. Apparently, X does work with soundsticks, just not right away.
I got X on my system on the 24th, and now it's two days later and I haven't restarted yet!