Sunday, April 29, 2007

MacOSX Finder Bugs

There is a very nasty bug in MacOSX Finder, it has caught two of my friends out now ......

I have several non-computer-savvy friends who have started using Macs, I help them with their systems.

I get a phone call saying "All my files have disappeared !!! HELP !!!!", with the implication "You feckwit I thought you said Macs were more reliable !!".

After some discussion, trying to wheedle out of them what they did, I hear that they used the Finder to change the name of their Home Folder. The stupid Finder lets the user do this, and nothing bad happens, until they restart.

When they log in again, using their old credentials, the home folder for that user name no longer exists, a new one is automatically made, and lo and behold, it appears like they have lost everything.

The Users section of the NetInfo database still contains the path to the old user folder name, changing the name in the Finder does not update NetInfo.
The Finder should NOT LET YOU DO THIS!!!!!

The next big source of "I have lost my files" horror, is new users moving or renaming stuff in their iPhoto or iTunes library using the Finder.

Both of these problems could be fixed in the Finder ......

First, renaming the user home should not be possible from the Finder, as doing so is 100% guaranteed to break your system.
Secondly, the iTunes and iPhoto libraries should by default be treated as Packages, not folders (then if a savvy user legitimately needs to browser those folders, they can still get in).

Please get to it Apple.
We need a fix for Panther and Tiger ASAP !!

2 comments:

Sylvain Wallez said...

Another source of "it no more works" is the Library folder. My father deleted it on his brand new PowerBook, when cleaning up all the things he did not needed...

Anonymous said...

About the finder bug:
i could not find any screenshot, but it's cool& simple:
- open a finder window
- Hide the button bar (option-command-T)
- Move the window to the top against the menubar
- Show the button bar (option-command-T)
- Now move the window behind the menu bar

*It reminds me of the tabs in OS9
*Now i know wy they made the menubar translucent.
*Be careful, you can you're window for ever. (restart finder)

BUG: hide/show buttonbar moves the window with 1 pixel

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