Question about the Dock

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by AnotherMortal, Jan 24, 2003.

  1. AnotherMortal macrumors regular

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    I did an upgrade install of Jaguar on my iBook (from 10.2) and I felt it was sluggish, so I decided to try a "clean" install of Jaguar. I backed everything up to a firewire drive (drag and dropped the HD while booted off of an OS9 CD) and want to restore my custom Dock settings, like which icons I had on there. Is there a way to do this? is there a folder that acts as the "Dock" folder, or is it a file that references the aliases to the files and folders I had on the dock?
     
  2. yamadataro macrumors 6502

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    I think it's a whole a lot easier to just arrange your dock all over again.

    Even if there were aliases stored somewhere on your disk, moving your whole drive data to another disk and moving it back must have messed with the alias links. I think.
     
  3. AnotherMortal thread starter macrumors regular

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    Doesn't mess with aliases

    We do that alot here. Back up a mac to a firewire drive, and if anything goes wrong, pull it back from the firewire, and it's literally a duplicate copy. It even copies the hidden desktop and trash folders in OS9.

    But I am thinking its easier just to recreate. I was slightly worried that folders were stored *on* the dock, but its just an alias.

    Still, it would be nice to know where those settings are stored...

    Also, does anyone know of a way to import a user account from one OS X machine to another? I know in Jaguar I can do an inplace reinstall, and retain user groups and settings, but sometimes that doesn't work.
     
  4. noelmac75 macrumors regular

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    How does Jaguar run on the ibooks, is it sluggish?
     
  5. AnotherMortal thread starter macrumors regular

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    Jaguar on iBooks

    It doesn't run terribly at all. (for me)
    I have an iBook G3 600mhz 16VRAM model, with airport and 256 right now, I have a 256mb chip lying around, I just haven't gotten around to putting it in. I'm told its even more smooth with 512. Overall, I wish I had waited 6 more months, and bought the 12" PowerBook. :)
     
  6. ShaolinMiddleFinger macrumors 6502a

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    Jaguar on my Dual USB iBook is pretty good (roughly four bounces for Safari.) The ram is maxed to 640. It could be faster in Final Cut but that's why I have my G4.

     
  7. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a

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    Re: Doesn't mess with aliases

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist

    this file contains the addresses of the files that you have in the dock. folders/files are not actually stored in the dock, the dock just points to them. i can't imagine that it would take you too long to drag your apps/folders back into the dock.
     
  8. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    As far as moving a user from one machine to another. I've never tried this, so someone may have to verify that it will work before you try it...
    1. Create an account on the destination Mac, with whatever username you want. Passwords should be somewhat unimportant here, i think.
    2. Copy the entire /Users/username directory into /Users on the destination Mac, where 'username' is the short username of whatever account you're going to copy-- You'll either want to use root for this, or 9 to get all those little files copied properly. Or try CarbonCopyCloner. You should be overwriting the directory that you created in step 1 with all of the actual user data.
    3. Repair permissions. During copying, whether you do it through root or 9, you're going to change the owner of all of these files, which will cause problems down the line. Note that you CANNOT copy the files to overwrite the new user data while logged in on the destination Mac with that username. You'll be overwriting files in use. Also, the username of the new account and the username of the old account should be the same, if the Mac knows where to look for files in the future--

    It's a suggestion anyway. Perhaps try it out before you do it, on a machine that can withstand damage to the OS... i can't imagine why this would cause a problem, but you never know. Also, you will need to make sure that the two computers are using *exactly* the same OS, i think...

    pnw
     

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