Why are there 4 Library Folders & what is each for?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SheerGold, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. SheerGold macrumors member

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    When I look at my HD I can see four Library Folders.
    There is one on its own. It's size is 5.5Gig.
    There is another inside the folder named System. It's size is 1.6Gig.
    The third one is inside the folder named Users. It's size is 0.5Gig.
    The fourth one can be seen when I click on the home folder, i.e. the one with the little house ico. It's size is 0.2Gig.

    Does anyone know why there are four Library Folders and what the functions are of each one?
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

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    Home/Library is for user specific application stuff (e.g. your iWeb website), Macintosh HD/Library is for Application computer settings, and System/Library is for OS X computer settings.

    Don't delete any of them ;).
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

    tdhurst

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    Yeah...

    Nor should you delete anything INSIDE the folders unless you ABSOLUTELY (I cannot stress that enough) know what you're doing.
     
  4. samh004 macrumors 68020

    samh004

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    Or fiddle with them, leave them as they are.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    I've never encountered /Users/Library before.
     
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

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    Neither have I, thats why it was missing from my list.
     

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