why can you trash, rename or move an open file in mac os?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dgg32, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. dgg32 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody. I am new from the win site and just wonder that in mac, you can rename, move or even trash a file when you still have it opened in preview or textedit.:eek:

    In win, such action will be stopped by the message "can't do that, the file is open somewhere". Would that data going to be kind of homeless or become a "ghost"?:confused:

    Just curious and want to learn something from you guys. Thanks for all sort of answers.

    Greeting!!
     
  2. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    because the file isn't deleted from it's place until you empty the trash :)

    i think the term ghost would be best, you can move anything while open, not sure how to explain it further lol
     
  3. dgg32 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Even after you move it or change its name, mac os is still able to find it?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    Every file in Mac OS X has two "files", the resource and the data fork.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_fork


    Yes.
     
  5. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    i've tried it with iTunes and the answer for that is yes, almost like the program is smart lol it's prolly something to do with the coding or programming, i dont know lol
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Now, isn't that cool?
     

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