OS X :: FileVault And Home Directories - Unencrypted Info In Cache?

Nov 30, 2009

Just a quick question about FileVault. We all know about Firefox and Safari's caches. Are they stored in the users home directory? If a laptop is stolen and the home directory is encrypted, I want to make sure somebody can't look in the cache and get whatever information is sitting there unencrypted. When a user shuts down and FV is enabled, what (if anything) is not encrypted for that user?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: User Account Passwords Appear In Log Files For Legacy FileVault And/or Network Home Directories?

May 10, 2012

The apple Support documebt has a link that suggests that Legacy FileVault is FileVault 2.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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Software :: Home Vs Users Directories Under Leopard

Jun 24, 2008

I was using until recently a PowerPC running Mac OS X 10.4.11. Since I maintain my directories synchronized all the time between Linux running on another machine and this PowerPC, I created a link: /home -> /Users so that all my scrpits and links (like /home/....) would work properly under both systems. I acquired recently an iMac running under Mac OS 10.5.3 and discovered that there exists already a directory called "/home" which has a rather strange behaviour: not even the user 'root' is allowed to write into it or to modify it in any way, orv to remove it! This breaks many of my scripts.

Of course I can go the opposite way and create under my Linux a link: /Users->/home, but some of my scripts create automatically links like "/home/..." because they expand "~/..." and these would give me troubles on the iMac. I wrote a script which goes through my directory and changes all my links, but it does not seem to be the right way.

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OS X :: Software To Search Home And Root Directories?

Nov 24, 2010

Hi is there a software program for OSX that will let one search the library folders in both the root directory and home directory?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Home Directories When Installing On Multiple Partitions

May 11, 2012

I have a macpro setup with two partitions.Originally one partition assigned to Snow Leopard.I log in using a network user (using OSX server) and that user has local Admin rights.I setup a new instance of Snow Leopard on the secondary Partition and logged in using the network user.This had the effect of using the partition 1 Home directory for this user and I can't get the secondary partition to use itself for storing the users home directory.The workaround I have is to log in to Partition 2 snow leopard with a local admin user then temporarily rename the Users folder on partition 1. Next login to partition 2 as the network user, then everything gets created on partition 2 as expected.Finally rename the Partition 1 Users folder back.Now I can log in to either partitoin with the same user and have different local home setups.

Anyone else had this or is there a better procedure for setting up multiple partitions? The same happens with LION. I need to keep a snowleoapard partition with all the setup I currently have, but start a new LION partition.I don't want any cross contamination, hence the requirement for separation.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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OS X Server V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Disabling Portable Home Directories? (network Wide)

Mar 26, 2012

We're fed up with portable home directories and the constant sync errors they throw up. Can I just turn off PHD to make it function as it did before? How best to go about this?

Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Cache.db In Home Folder?

Feb 17, 2012

I just did a restore from my time machine back up, and now there is a Cache.db file in my home folder.Can I just delete it?  Or should I just make it hidden?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: FileVault - Sensitive Stuff Outside Of The Home Folder?

Dec 14, 2008

As a non-UNIX-geek, and someone unfamiliar with the internals of OS X in general, I'd like to ask ya'll where sensitive data might be stored outside of the Home directory. As you may know, FileVault only encrypts the Home directory, and stores the password as a hash of the account password and the "master" reset password.

So, what sensitive stuff is outside of the Home Directory? Any system logs with potentially damaging info? Any badly written applications (i.e. MS Office 2004) that might keep sensitive data within the Application directory? Any stuff inside of the Library or System folders?

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Software :: Deleted My Filevault Sparsebundle - Error Opening This Users Filevault

Feb 24, 2009

i thought my filevault sparsebundle was my timemachine backups, and it was taking up 125gb of space.. so i deleted it, now when i try to log on it says "error opening this users filevault" and so i started it in command line and now i tried to run it in single user mode, but it won't let me type any letters when it is installing and it just wont work.

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Mac Pro :: 2XRaid 32GB Cache V.s 3XRaid 16GB Cache?

Mar 22, 2008

I need to populate the bays of my new MacPro 2.66 with 5GB RAM. The stock HD turns out to be a Seagate 250GB HD ST3250820A. I've found them online and wonder if I just should RAID three or four of them as opposed to one Seagate 500GBs or 750 with 32GB cache? These would all be a Raid run by Apple software not a RAID card.

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Mac Pro :: Samsung Spinpoint 32mb Cache F1 Vs Seagate Barracuda 32mb Cache

Jan 26, 2008

Which one of these 500gb drives is better? I've been browsing Newegg for two hours now reading reviews. The Seagate drives seem to come with bad firmware that causes performance and cache recognition issues. The Samsung drives have a high failure rate. Whats the real deal? Has anyone here had any bad experiences with either drives?

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OS X :: Cannot Open Directories From The Dock

Apr 20, 2010

I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on a MacBook3,1 (Late 2007). I'm currently having issues with the Finder. Current symptoms are:

1. When I click a directory in the Dock to open it in the Finder, I get an error that reads "You can't open the application Finder because it may be damaged or incomplete."

2. I've tried repairing permissions (from the OS and from the Install Disc), but the Disk Utility doesn't make any repairs even though it tells me it has made the repairs, because the exact same errors come up the next time I try to repair the permissions.

3. I also verified the disk, and it said I had to start from boot from another volume and repair the disk, so I booted from the install DVD and did so.....................

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OS X :: Terminal/Changing Directories To App Folders?

Oct 4, 2010

I just started a new job and they have me working on mac since I have some basic experience. Anyways I'm working with files within an app and trying to use terminal to access some of those files.

The issue comes up when I try to change the directory in terminal to the app /user/applications/app.app/folder). I can get into the user directory or the app directory but it won't let me into the app. I have never really used terminal before so I don't know what I should be expecting here.

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OS X :: Setting Up Spotlight - Which Directories To Exclude

Nov 14, 2010

In any case I'd like Spotlight to do the following:

1. Index stuff like System Preferences (so that I can find "Sharing" preference pane directly from Spotlight)
2. Not index all the system ".c" and ".h" files

I'm not able to figure out which dirs I should exclude from Spotlight Prefs -> Privacy (nor can I find the default settings for Spotlight)

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OS X :: Can't Copy Some Ntfs Directories / Sort This?

Nov 2, 2008

This time I have a ntfs permission issue. I have a external ntfs HD with data on it. I can access most of the files correctly but some directories are marked with a little lock visible in Finder (see screenshot). I can open the files om the disk but when I try to cope then it says "Cannot copy file - unable to create file at the destination"

If I had a look at the permissions, they look fine:

drwxr-xr-x 1 me staff 4096 Sep 11 08:36 Movies
drwxr-xr-x 1 me staff 8192 Aug 9 13:12 Photo
The "destination" is my home dir but I also tried /tmp. And the user "me" is .. me

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OS X :: Move Some User Directories To Another Volume?

Jun 7, 2009

So I've made the leap to an SSD boot disk on my mac pro... so I'm now a little bit short on space (120Gb is not enough for my picture and itunes library... also my downloads... the list goes on.


How can I move the follow DIR's to another volume without screwing up the permissions?


I've created alias's but it seems to stuff up the permissions. I even copied the original data over then created an alias.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Print Lists From Some Of Directories

Apr 22, 2012

I want to print lists from some of my directories. How can I do that in iMac?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Intel Mac :: Replace Former Owner's Name In All Directories?

May 5, 2012

How do I replace former owner's name in all iMac directories?

Including network setup and Office file management. I have already renamed the computer and deleted former owner when and where possible.

(I also have an iPad and hope I was directed to the approtriate community)

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1

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ICloud On Mac :: Can Store Photos In Directories

Sep 11, 2014

Regarding icloud drive...can I store photos in their directories? I have many that were scanned -so exif files are useless.

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OS X :: Spotlight Not Search System Directories / Files?

Apr 29, 2009

Why does Spotlight not search your system directories/files when performing a search? Does it only search within the current user's directories? Is there anyway you can make it do a more thorough search?

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Applications :: Safari Bookmarks - Listing Directories First?

Sep 18, 2009

I absolutely hate that Steve Jobs insists on mixing directories with bookmarks in Safari and directories with files in Finder. While I've found a solution for the Finder, that is, Path Finder, I'm still struggling to find a plugin for Safari which cleans up this mess and lists directories first.

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Mac OS X Lion Server :: Binding To Multiple Directories?

May 7, 2012

I am having difficulty binding clients to multiple open directory servers. All clients are running Lion. This issue did not occur under Snow Leopard. The servers are both Mac OS X Servers running Open Directory. There are two domains to which the client is successfully bound (DomainA and DomainB). If a user attempts to login using credentials from DomainB, they log in successfully but home folders are "not in the expected location" - so no data is present. If I unbind the client from DomainA and then attempt to login using credentials from DomainB, the issue is resolved. Is there a way to set a priority for how the client binds? 

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OS X Yosemite :: Remove Extra Application Directories

Dec 1, 2014

how does one remove an added "application" directory?  Not just delete it, but prevent the OS from always looking there, even when it's gone ? On Yosemite, I tried to be "clever" (hint: I wasn't   and move a few silly apps to a big external USB disk.  The idea was I have 1TB internal, 3TB external, and I thought to separate out some apps onto an remote disk so I can disconnect that (thus the hammer version of "now others can't run this app").   And just copying these files to /Volume/Data (the external USB3 drive) functions fine. 

Mechanically, this disk shuts itself off, and it takes a good 10 seconds to wind up.  So whenever I search for an app or start an app *on the main disk*, it seems one ends up searching all "app directories" anyway (I put that in quotes because I presume that's why the disk is spinning up when I run an app that has nothing to do with my external disk). 

So I decided it was silly to have those apps on the external disk because of the spinup time, experiment failed, I uninstalled the apps.   BUT the disk still seems to need to spin up before starting a new app up even though the app directory on the external disk is gone. Being primarily a linux hacker before I bought this Mac , I would say "you have /Volume/Data in your PATH".   Which is probably the case at some level.  But I'm not finding anything to this effect in the system preferences.. 

Mac mini, OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)

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IMac (Intel) :: Which Files / Directories To Back Up

Sep 10, 2014

I want to use an online back up service (in addition to using time machine on an external drive).  I am only interested in backing up my pictures, songs, and emails.  I am not sure which files and or directories to choose (FWIW I am planning on using Mozy).  I am on OSX 10.9.4, iTunes 11.3.1, mail 7.3,  and IPhoto 9.5.1.  I haven't altered any of the default program setting as far as where they normally save files. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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OS X :: Site Ripper That Shows Directories / Contents Of Server

Aug 22, 2010

Anyone recommend a good site-ripper? - one that will show me all directories/contents of a server?

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Mac Mini :: AppleHDADriver Crash And Kernel NOT Finding Directories?

Apr 11, 2012

I have a mid 2010 mac mini, still under Applecare. I have been dealing with Apple support for 7 months now and cannot get a resolution to the problem other then their telling me it is software, not hardware. I consistently get errors indicating the AppleHDADriver crashes and goes to an error handler. This happens 100's of times a second. Along with this error I get an error stating the kernel is unable to find a directory. Both these errors show up in the console log under 'kernel errors' and happen daily.  

The result of the problem seems to be the status bar/system clock freezes and doesn't update. The clock freeze occurs mainly when coming out of sleep, but has also happened durning full operation of the machine.  

It seems no matter what software I install, or what vendor it is from or even what the software is used for, something crashes, the system slows down and freezes... It was two days ago the system started with an unresponsive mouse. 

Any ideas he would be great... I am tired of trying to get the Apple 'senior advisor' to truly talk solutions. I lost 100's of hours when this problem first occurred as it started with Snow Leopard. When doing a clean install of Lion as directed by Apple support it was discovered the old time machine files were corrupt and couldn't be used to restore...  

Those errors in the kernel have been there from the beginning... Across Snow Leopard, Snow Leopard clean install, Lion upgrade, Lion clean install and still those kernel errors are there consistent. This should indicate a hardware problem someplace and not software...

Mac mini (Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: What Directories Should Exclude From Time Machine Backup

Jun 18, 2012

It shows an example of excluding /system and /applications In the online documentation for time machine. I am also running Parallels, but am not using it much at the moment. Perhaps I should exclude Parallels, also

Time machine, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mavericks :: Migration Assistant Crashes While Examining Directories

Aug 29, 2014

M friend migrating from an old MacBook (with Snow Leopard) to a new one (with Mavericks). The old MacBook is connected to the new one with a firewire cable and is in Target Mode. We can see the disk and folders fine on the old MacBook, but when we try to use Migration Assistant it crashes while computing the size of the user accounts on the old mac (i.e. before we can even start migration). Disk Utility says there's nothing wrong with the old mac's disk. 

I checked the crash reports from migration assistant on the new mac, and it turns out that it crashes in the same way every time, and the backtrace looks like the following. My guess is that there might be a file with a strange/wrong name somewhere on that old mac. 

Thread 8 Crashed:: Dispatch queue: com.apple.root.default-priority
0   com.apple.CoreFoundation            0x00007fff860f547f CFStringGetCharactersPtr + 15
1   com.apple.CoreFoundation            0x00007fff860f5767 CFStringGetFileSystemRepresentation + 55
2   com.apple.CoreFoundation            0x00007fff860fe8f6 _CFIterateDirectory + 54

[Code] .....

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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MacBook :: Trashes Directories Created On Pen Drive - Showing As Full?

Dec 17, 2010

I have been using a 1GB pen drive to transfer data from my Mac to a PC. However, I am finding that strange directories are being created on the drive and it is causing the drive to get filled up.Also, when I go into the USB drive through Finder it shows as being empty. a 'du' returns this

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Automator To Save Word / Excel File To Two Different Directories

Mar 22, 2012

I'm a new Mac user and was just reading about "Automator" My question is would it be possible to create a workflow etc, to save an excel or word file to two different locations or directories?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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