Silly user protection in Leopard?

J@ffa

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Maybe instead of 'silly user', I mean 'n00b'. Anyway... you know how lots of WTFness can be had for users who, in Tiger or an earlier OS, decide on a whim to rename their home folder and restart to find their settings gone, or decide to save space by dragging their 'System' folder to the trash? Well, has Leopard implemented any protection against such lunacy? I appreciate that for anyone to try either of these is liable to hose their development environment (or their main OS, for the brave), but I am curious...
 

Southern

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Man, who deletes their system folders, no matter what OS you're on? Jeez, come on buddy; I think Apple assumes its users are smart enough NOT to go poking around doing things they shouldn't be.

I know that Windows has a sign saying "DO NOT GO INTO THE C:\Windows FOLDER IT CAN BE BAD FOR YOUR MACHINE" but because of the way Mac has it set up with a home folder, there is close to NO REASON to start messing around with the System folders.
 

J@ffa

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It still allows you to do it
FFS. Why doesn't Apple do something about this? Not that it's that common, but for people who don't know any better there's no indication they're about to nuke themselves.

Man, who deletes their system folders, no matter what OS you're on? Jeez, come on buddy; I think Apple assumes its users are smart enough NOT to go poking around doing things they shouldn't be.
Honestly, I've seen both of the scenarios more times than anyone would think likely. It's just that to us here who are all to some degree 'power users', we know the home folder has special significance, but regular users, not illogically, see it represented as a folder and assume (wrongly in this case) that renaming it isn't a big deal.

To the guy above who mentioned Time Machine, though; W00T! :D
 

mkrishnan

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FFS. Why doesn't Apple do something about this? Not that it's that common, but for people who don't know any better there's no indication they're about to nuke themselves.
The solution really should be for Apple to make it easier for users to set themselves up as Standard users and not automatically Admins. That would take care of all this nonsense.
 

aristobrat

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FFS. Why doesn't Apple do something about this? Not that it's that common, but for people who don't know any better there's no indication they're about to nuke themselves.
It at least asks you for your password before it lets you drag the System folder to the trash can, so I don't see how you can "accidently" do it...
 

RumMunkey

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Deleting your system folder is just stupid. You don't deserve a Mac if you do that.

However, renaming the home folder should result in a "this will f everything up" popup... I can see that. :eek:
 

MBHockey

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The solution really should be for Apple to make it easier for users to set themselves up as Standard users and not automatically Admins. That would take care of all this nonsense.
Absolutely. Most Mac users don't even realize they are running as an admin.
 

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