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Chapter 9. Filesystem Overview > Filesystem Organization

9.2. Filesystem Organization

Mac OS X defines several folders across the filesystem as holding special significance to the system. Individual applications, as well as the system software itself, consult these directories when scanning for certain types of software or resources installed on the machine. For example, a program that wants a list of fonts available to the whole system can look in /Library/Fonts and /System/Library/Fonts. Font files can certainly exist elsewhere in the filesystem, but relevant applications aren't likely to find them unless they're in a predictable place.

9.2.1. Domains

You might also have a /Library/Fonts folder inside your home folder, and perhaps yet another inside /Network. Each of these Fonts folders exists inside a separate domain, Mac OS X's term for the scope that a folder resides in (in terms of both function and permission from the current user's point of view). The system defines four domains.


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