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Part 2: Symptoms, Causes, and Cures > Getting Under the Hood: The Invisible Mac...

Chapter 8. Getting Under the Hood: The Invisible Macintosh

Peeking Under the Hood

File Type and File Creator

How Kind

Kind and the Desktop File

File Type

File Creator

Type and Creator Code Problems

Application Could Not Be Found

Wrong Kind

Wrong Icon

A File's Type Code or Both Its Type and Creator Codes Are Missing or Corrupted

A Document File's Creator Code Is Missing or Corrupted

The Creating Application Is Missing

Bundle Bit Problems

Multiple Versions of the Same Application on Your Disk

Try the Simpler Solutions

Viewing and Editing Type/Creator Codes

Identifying the Correct Creator Code

TEXT and PICT Formats: Type and Creator Issues

Four More Good Reasons to View or Change a File's Type/Creator

Get Documents to Open in SimpleText by Default

Make Uneditable SimpleText Documents Editable

Add Alert Sounds Without Installing Them in the System File

Search for a File Based on Its Type or Creator

Finder Flags (Attributes)

What Are Finder Flags (Attributes)?

The Invisible Bit

The Bundle Bit

The Inited Bit

The Use Custom Icon Bit

The No INITs Bit

The Name Locked Bit

Viewing and Editing Finder Flags

Invisible Files and Folders

Viewing and Editing Invisible Files and Folders

Special Case: Viewing the Contents of the Desktop Folder and Trash Folder

Viewing and Editing Really Invisible Files and Folders

Viewing the Directory and the Boot Blocks

Special Case: The Disk Driver and Related Low-Level Data


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