Applications folder in Home folder..

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  1. fisherking macrumors 601

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    not sure what this is, and maybe NOT related to the GM, but...last 2 days, i keep finding an (empty) Applications folder in my Home folder. anyone else? or any idea what might create such a folder?
     
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  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    It’s not bad if it’s there. You can install applications in there which you can only access from that user account, as opposed to local applications in /Applications. You might as well leave it there.
     
  4. fisherking thread starter macrumors 601

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    i get it, just wondered what created it. have never had that until i installed the GM. and not using parallels (or anything else new).
     
  5. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Chrome also uses that folder, for Chrome Apps.
     
  6. fisherking thread starter macrumors 601

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    not using any chrome apps... anyway, will keep an eye on my home folder (i deleted that Applications folder), see if it pops up again; maybe i can figure out what creates it. not urgent...
     
  7. MarsViolet macrumors 6502

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    It’s not just a GM or El Capitan thing. Various circumstances can make it appear. I replaced mine with an alias of my main Applications folder (remove “alias” from the name), so now it’s at least useful.
     
  8. fisherking thread starter macrumors 601

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    • nice idea, will try that IF it returns..thanx.
     
  9. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Or you just hide the folder: chflags hidden ~/Applications
     
  10. fisherking thread starter macrumors 601

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    ALSO a good idea. and why i love these forums (at least, when people aren't whining....) thanx!
     
  11. chrfr macrumors 603

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    OS X always used to have an Applications folder inside the home folder. Its purpose was for user-specific applications.
     
  12. fisherking thread starter macrumors 601

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    not always; have been an OS X user since 10.2 (!), and only saw that pop up once before (years ago)... but have always had a single-user mac, so...perhaps, when there are multiple accounts, there's an App folder for user-specific apps?
     
  13. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I can't remember when it was there; I've used OS X full time since 10.1 and occasionally prior to that. In any case, it's nothing of concern, and is exactly for what I stated: applications specific to one user. (Many applications don't support this functionality, however.)
     
  14. KALLT macrumors 601

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    The user applications folder is usable even on single-user systems. You can turn your system into a multi-user system at any time, so it makes sense that you can install applications just for you before that. It is just not commonly used and I think Apple prefers the local applications folder anyway (which is why they put their applications there and put App Store apps there too). I suppose you may have used an installer at some point that created the folder unintentionally.

    Are you sure? I think almost every singular .app file can be installed in the user applications folder as well. For the system it doesn’t matter, because your preference files, caches, logs, saved windows, etc. are created in your user library anyway. I think the only concern is with applications that are installed with an installer, but even there it’s often possible to move the application elsewhere afterwards. To my knowledge only stock apps and App Store apps are a major exception to this. I think only apps that use hardcoded absolute file paths will be a problem.
     
  15. patternjake macrumors member

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    This is the equivalent to Windows' User Start Menu shortcuts, except they are not aliases.
     

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