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Mysterious Files/Folders in OS 10.5.8 [message #285397] Wed, 04 March 2015 22:02 Go to next message
Michael McMurtrey is currently offline  Michael McMurtrey
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I originally posted this on the G-4 Powerbook forum, but as it appears
not to have been updated in some time, I'm reposting it here in case
it is an OS or G4 issue not specific to PowerBooks.

One of my PowerBooks (a PowerBook5,7) has a mysterious folder labeled
"BaseSystem.pkg.159vQvGqc" containing a bunch of files with a ".plan"
suffix. What are these files? Can they be deleted?

The other PowerBook (PowerBook 5,9) has two folders, labeled "Var" and
"Tmp," but no "BaseSystem" folder. What is their purpose?

Both computers are running OS 10.5.8. All these folders are visible at
the root level in the hard drive menu on each computer. Why are some
folders visible on one but not the other?


Michael McMurtrey
Carrollton, TX

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Re: Mysterious Files/Folders in OS 10.5.8 [message #285404 is a reply to message #285397] Thu, 05 March 2015 08:19 Go to previous message
Bruce Johnson is currently offline  Bruce Johnson
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> On Mar 4, 2015, at 8:02 PM, Michael McMurtrey <skyking918@verizon.net> wrote:
>
> I originally posted this on the G-4 Powerbook forum, but as it appears not to have been updated in some time, I'm reposting it here in case it is an OS or G4 issue not specific to PowerBooks.
>
> One of my PowerBooks (a PowerBook5,7) has a mysterious folder labeled "BaseSystem.pkg.159vQvGqc" containing a bunch of files with a ".plan" suffix. What are these files? Can they be deleted?
>

This looks like the remnants of an installation and can probably be safely deleted.

> The other PowerBook (PowerBook 5,9) has two folders, labeled "Var" and "Tmp," but no "BaseSystem" folder. What is their purpose?
>

Capitalized like that? or are they var and tmp?

The latter are important parts of the underlying unix structure.

Here's a listing of the root of my drive, all of these are folders:

Start Terminal, and enter:

cd /

and hit return.

now enter

ls

and hit return:

bruces-Mac-Mini:~ johnson$ cd /
bruces-Mac-Mini:/ johnson$ ls
Applications dev
Backup Extensions en
Developer etc
Incompatible Software home
Library installer.failurerequests
Network net
Old Extra opt
Old stuff Our files oracle
System private
Users recipes
Volumes sbin
bin tmp
boot usr
cores var

Only some of those directories are visible in the finder.

bin, boot, cores, dev,etc,home,net, opt, private, sbin, tmp, usr and var are all normally hidden from view and are imortant parts of part of the unix file system. Apple makes these invisible for a reason...

> Both computers are running OS 10.5.8. All these folders are visible at the root level in the hard drive menu on each computer. Why are some folders visible on one but not the other?

You can make normally invsible folders visible on the desktop.

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