Two Applications Folder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sukanas, May 10, 2008.

  1. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    in my Users/Turtle(mine)/Applications folder, its blank
    but in my

    /Applications i have all my stuff in there

    i thought both folders were supposed to be the same?
    or do i just have it wrong?

  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    You shouldn't have a /Users/you/Applications

    All applications should be store in /Applications
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    the one in your users folder if for apps that are installed only for that account, the one in the drive is for access for all users.
  4. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    So it is. Just so happens that I have all of my programs installed for everybody.

    My mistake.
  5. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    Thanks for bringing this up. I ran across this same issue the other night, and it's good to know there's not something freaky happening with my system!
  6. mreg376 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    That's actually pretty common. It's usually access to data files that people are worried about securing, not running programs.
  7. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2005
    Don't worry - the "Applications" folder is provided only for convenience. There's nothing special about it. You can have all your applications installed in a single directory in /Users/<yourlogin> or /Users/Shared or anywhere else. Applications will work well regardless of where you have copied them into (if you scroll through /Applications, you'll see that some applications actually create a directory within /Applications - even the default installation of Mac OS X creates a "Utilities" directory within /Applications).

    Mac OS X knows an application when it sees one (and will show the application icon) - doesn't matter where on the system it's located (could even be an external drive). As long as you provide the required access to the directories that contain applications (and to the applications too) to other users, they will be able to use them.

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