Panther: Backing up the “Preferences” folder

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
November 14th, 2003 • 8:00 am

In Jaguar, each time I wanted to do a backup of my “Preferences” folder in my home library, I would get an error message saying something to the effect that “one or more files cannot be copied because they are in use” and asking me if I wanted to proceed with the rest of the files or not.

It was a minor problem when backing up to another hard drive, but a more significant one when attempting to back up to a CD-R, because the error could cause the CD burning to fail.

This has been fixed in Panther. Now when I want to back up my “Preferences” folder, Mac OS X no longer complains about anything and copies everything successfully.

It is a small thing, but it counts. And it shows that Apple has been paying attention to details.

2 Responses to “Panther: Backing up the “Preferences” folder”

  1. ssp says:

    To be fair, the problem you describe shouldn’t be attributed to X.2 but rather to Toast, aka the application that checks the files before burning just to junk your CD later on because it can’t read one of them.

    The problem isn’t such a big deal when backing up using the Finder and its disk-image mechanism.

    I agree that having files you can’t copy in your own Library folder was strange, though.

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    Well, Toast IS to blame for the CD recording failures, but the error message in the 10.2 Finder was a pain too. Anyway, it’s all good now :).

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