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Chapter 6. Discovering Domains and Support Files

Chapter 6. Discovering Domains and Support Files

Bill of Materials

Mac OS X Software

  • Terminal (/Applications/Utilities)

  • System Preferences (/Applications)

  • TextEdit (/Applications)

  • Assorted Unix commands, such as cd, ls, open, defaults, and find.

In Apple's ideal world, a self-contained "ideal application" installs and uninstalls with a simple drag, leaving little or no mess in its wake. You can use ideal apps without ever messing up your ideal computer. In the real world, however, things get a little messier than that. Most applications use a variety of support files, ranging from preferences to plug-ins to libraries. Although Apple specifies standard places to store standard data, some applications conform to these standards while others (even Apple's own applications) do not. This chapter introduces the files and folders that support and augment your applications. You'll discover where these items do (and should) appear and how you can discover, use, and clean up the bits that applications create and leave behind.


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