desktop DB/DF?

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  1. eyeon macrumors regular

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    I am a recent switcher, and in my transition to Mac I have noticed that whenever I copy anything to a CD or USB key drive or anything, OSX automatically includes desktop DB and desktop DF files. I once heard (I potentially read in somewhere in these forums once upon a time) that there is a way in Toast to make it so that it doesn't burn these files automatically. Anyone know how I would go about doing that? Just out of curiosity, what are those files anyway?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    These files are the Desktop database and Desktop file. These MacOS 9/Classic files store your icons, your CREATOR/TYPE codes, and the association between your documents and the applications that can read and/or write them. From System 7 to MacOS 9.2, these files made the Mac the Mac.
     
  3. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

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    you do know they are still in OS X right? so they continue to make the Mac...the Mac :p.

    they basically store the size, placement of windows, icons, etc.
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty sure you can do it in Toast, though I don't know much about it.

    I do know that you can delete them using Terminal:

    Open Applications->Utilities->Terminal.

    In Terminal, type (but do not hit return!):
    Code:
    cd 
    There is a space after 'cd' (i.e., so far, it's "cd ").
    Drag the folder containing the files you don't want to the Terminal window and "drop" it - that'll add the path to your command (and won't actually move the folder), something like:
    Code:
    cd /Users/yourname/Desktop/TransferFolder
    Obviously, the path will be different. Now hit 'return'.

    That'll bring you into the offending folder. Now type (followed by 'return'):
    Code:
    ls -a
    That'll produce something vaguely like:
    Code:
    .                       Dummy.jpg 
    ..                      OSXTips.doc
    .DS_Store
    
    To get rid of the files you don't need - basically, anything with a filename starting with '.' (except for the directory indicators "." and ".."), meaning it's hidden, type the following (followed by 'return') for each of those files (I use .DS_Store as an example):
    Code:
    rm .DS_Store
    Now, do not open the folder again using the GUI. Just copy it over. The hidden files will remain gone.
     
  5. eyeon thread starter macrumors regular

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    cool, thanks. Very informative. I was just wondering as my PC friends are constantly asking, "what the hell are these desktop DB / DF files?" -- even at Kinkos when I bring a graphic file in to get printed!

    Thanks for the responses, that helps a lot.
     

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