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Richard Caetano

I just recently bought a Mac...the concept that excited me the most was applications are distributed as a single file which is an image that is mounted when the app is run. That app can then write to that image. Need a back up? Just copy the image...need to remove it just delete.

Simple but effective...

Cass McNutt

Thanks for the comment post, Richard. I've noticed you and Tyler both have dived into Mac-land, which intrigues me. I may be exploring some things there myself sometime soon.

The "simple but effective" approach your mentioning sounds just that. One of the things I miss from the DOS / early-Windows days is how you could often move a program just by copying / m moving the folder ("drectory" back then) and your were done -- settings went along for the ride via the folders in the files.

One thing that has added complexity (but for good reason, one could argue) to this on Windows is the individiaul user profiles. How does the Mac accomodate that... (or does it?).

Erik Renes

I'm not a mac user, but if I had to guess from my linux experiences, there are two ways to do that:
1. Place a hidden folder in ~ (user-home).
2. Prefix the settings file on the 'image disk' with the current user name.

Not that hard I think :)

Gary Kyle

Erik, sounds very sensible. Yet in Windows, basic Users can't write to Program Files directory, so developers need to create each user's ini in their 'Documents and Settings' section. Very annoying.

mario

for the past ten years, i've been watching for registry files. They tend to grow to UNLIMITED if there're too many application that install in it. For examples for MSOFFICE my registry file grew up in 4 MB. The windows operating system seems slow to read the big registry files. I suggest the developer use .INI format files to save setting (the .INI files concept is very easy to understand and to implement)

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