View Full Version : can you rebuild the desktop on OSX

07-26-2002, 04:55 PM
does osx needs desktop rebuilding ?
can you actually rebuild desktop in osx.
what is the alternative ?


07-26-2002, 08:57 PM
The structure of OS X precludes any direct comparison to Desktop rebuilding in OS 9 but you may want to look at these apps which do things that are "similar" to Desktop rebuilding:

DesktopRebuilderX (http://www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=14268&db=mac):

Product Description: If your icons start looking like white paper or applications don't launch or they look like a folder, you need to run this script. After you do so (and restarting your computer) your icons should now be correct, and your applications should behave normally.

This script will attempt to rebuild your desktop the Mac OS X way simply by deleting 6 ugly files: LSApplications, LSClaimedTypes, LSSchemes and LSApplications_Backup, .LSClaimedTypes_Backup, .LSSchemes_Backup (the last 3 are invisible). Mac OS X keeps track of desktop-type information in these 3 files. They reside in the Preferences folder of your home directory's Library folder.


Xoptimize (http://www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=10451&db=mac):

Product Description: Xoptimize performs the same system level optimization that installing the developer tools triggers. That is, it uses an Apple provided command line tool (i.e. a command you would use in a Terminal Window-- the "Matrix" interface, as some have labeled it) to optimize the loading time of applications. It will also make applications execute faster immediately after startup as the application will spend less time dynamically looking up and binding with various libraries and frameworks.


Both apps are freeware and, yes, they are both GUI wrappers around CLI methods for performing the same functions.