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#1 Shadow Bird

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:53 PM

Hey there
So, as the topic title says, my Applications folder is in the root of my hard drive. This is very strange. I know how it may have happened, but, for now, I just want to know, is it safe to copy and paste the folder (as that's all Finder will let me do, I can't move it) and then delete the one in /
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:03 PM

Can you post a screenshot?

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 01:08 PM

Sorry for late reply,
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 03:03 PM

So you are using an Apple Computer? If that is the case, then unhide or windows tools will not work.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 03:07 PM

Wait, what?
I posted this in the Mac OS forum, so, yea, I'm on a Mac...
And what do you mean, unhide or Windows tools won't work?

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 03:11 PM

Oh sorry, its been one of those days. Thought we were dealing with malware issues.

Yes just copy and paste the folder over.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:13 PM

Thanks man. Will everything (permissions, Dock, etc) work normally?
And is there any way I can speed up the copying? I have about 15-16gb of Applications in there.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:26 PM

No there is no way to speed up the file transfer that is all determined by the speed of your hard drive.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:25 PM

Greeeaaaat. I'll leave it going overnight... tomorrow, when I actually need to get sleep.
Thanks cryptodan! you're the man

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:39 PM

Isn't /Applications the normal place for Applications to install?

Why would you want them under your user profile folder?

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:11 AM

Isn't /Applications the normal place for Applications to install?

Why would you want them under your user profile folder?



Security reasons.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

Also, the Applications folder is generally in your user profile if you do, say, a fresh install. This will take awhile.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:33 AM

if Applications are installed just for you it will be installed in/Users/<yourName>/Applications. If they are meant fr everyone who uses the computer, they're in /Applications.

Unless you don't want someone else using your application I see absolutely no need to put it in your home folder.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:37 AM

But see, I dont have any other users. And it was in my home folder until something messed up.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:45 AM

If you put the Apps there then you can simply drag and drop them back from /Applications to /Users/<yourName>/Applications.

From a troubleshoot standpoint it would be wise to have another account on a Mac (an admin-one that is). What if something goes wrong, and you cannot log in? Is it something in the Mac? Or your account? When you have an absolute clean account you can easily verify that.

I know my Macs have a Troubleshoot account. I can't afford to have my computers and laptops die on me...
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