In Leopard, how to quit Finder from RAM

Discussion in 'macOS' started by flanamac, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. flanamac macrumors 6502

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    How do I quit Finder same as other programs so that it no longer takes up RAM?

    Typically, when closing all Finder windows, Finder is still running in the background and taking up precious RAM. I can use Activity Monitor and quit manually, but is there a way to quit it via short cut like cmd-q?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Finder has to be running all the time. You can use activity monitor or the force quit menu to relaunch finder but you can never quit it so that it doesn't run.
     
  3. HLdan macrumors 603

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    The Finder IS Mac OS X. It runs your system, it's not an application.
     
  4. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    If you so desperately need more RAM, then why not quitting Safari first, it'll free up many times more than relaunching Finder...
     
  5. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    Untrue. It's quite possible to run OSX without the Finder. My brother had it set up to launch Terminal instead, and ran Finderless for over a month. Finder is just an application with a few special hooks into the system.
     
  6. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    Do you really need an extra 50MB of RAM free?
     
  7. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    There is so much wrong with this statement. I run OS X all the time without the Finder (pathfinder, or terminal make great replacements). Hell, you could consider the dock to be OS X, that doesn't make it so.
     
  8. flanamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    you don't need Finder running

    I have quit Finder from the Activity Monitor before (like today) and run fine without it. Yes, all the RAM I can have free helps.

    The question is can you quit Finder outside of having to open Activity Monitor and quit it yourself? BTW you don't have to force quit from AM because it gives you the option to simply quit.
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Yes, true.
    FALSE. OS X will access all the RAM it needs, and if the Finder's processes are unnecessary, then OS X will pass the RAM to the hard disk. If a process makes a call to the Finder you may run into problems that will negate any minor benefit you get from freeing the Finder's RAM.

    defaults write com.apple.Finder QuitMenuItem 1
    (source)
     
  10. HLdan macrumors 603

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    You do know that when you're running Terminal you running Unix commands and not GUI don't you? Terminal is not the default way to run OS X's file management and it's definitely not something to use for less than tech savvy people. Some of you guys need to stop thinking like a geek and think like the average user which is most of the world.
     
  11. HLdan macrumors 603

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    There's so much wrong with your statement as well. Really smart Jimmy, the OP is trying reduce the amount of ram being used and you suggest using Pathfinder, WHICH USES RAM? He's not trying to replace the Finder, he's trying to stop it from using ram.
     
  12. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I never suggested Pathfinder. I said you don't need the finder and the Finder isn't OS X. I said that he probably shouldn't quit the Finder and he should just let OS X do its thing. Don't flame me if you're not going to read my posts and don't flame me if you're going to make incredibly wrong assertions, like the Finder being OS X.
     
  13. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    The Finder is just another application. It is not the OS, that's for sure, and does not need to be running.

    As what stated previously, add a "Quit" menu item to the Finder "Finder" menu using this command:

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    defaults write com.apple.Finder QuitMenuItem 1; killall Finder
    Then you can quit the finder any time you want. The Finder does not use all that much memory though so it is not a big savings.

    S-
     
  14. borcanm macrumors regular

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    To OP. You cant really quit Finder.

    Finder is the equivalent to explorer for windows.
     
  15. kolax macrumors G3

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    You are failing here.. you are taking a huge tangent trying to get out of your original absurd claim that "Finder is OS X, runs the system, and is not an application."

    All Catfish_Man did was prove you wrong. Some of us "geek" guys need to set average users like you straight, otherwise MacRumors would be full of BS, like your claim..
     
  16. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Wrong. The Finder is just an application and can be quit. Where does this misinformation come from??

    S-
     
  17. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Good for you, I'm actually happy that you posted such arrogance to set me straight. Wow, I should go to my room for a week for posting something wrong on MR. R U happy that you proved yourself to be elitist and arrogant and that I am not nearly as smart as you? :rolleyes:
     
  18. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Don't worry Jimmy, this will be my last post and my last replies to you. I see your posts from time to time here and you always end up offending other forum members. You're not worth my time, now where is that ignore filter, ha, found it. :p
     
  19. vohdoun macrumors 65816

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    Exactly how much ram is in flanamac's computer? since nobody has asked this. Is this 2009 or 2001?
     
  20. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502

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    False. It's close, but not equivalent.
     
  21. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    i believe that in the application superdocker, there is the option that allows you to quit finder.
     
  22. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    You can quit Finder for sure...

    I used it back then on my iMac G3... Helps so much for watching videos on youtube...

    As said before, defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -boolean true, and killall Dock.
     
  23. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    "killall Dock"?????????????

    One more time. Issue this command line in "Terminal":

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder QuitMenuItem 1; killall Finder
    S-
     
  24. Jamo12 macrumors regular

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  25. SHankara macrumors member

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    You shouldnt really have to worry about the finder taking up ram.It only becomes a RAM hog when it has to process all the image previews,or video previews of your files,this will also increase cpu usage.When you have multiple windows open in the finder the windowserver process takes ram,that can also hog it up.And the finder is just file browser,you can run OSX without it.
     

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