Blessed Folder

Pat Dirks
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 09:03:09 -0700


Just to be perfectly clear: you can force any folder to be the blessed 
folder by putting its directoryID into the longword 92 decimal (5C hex) 
into the THIRD block of the disk (block 0 and block 1 are boot blocks, 
block 2, the third block on the disk, is the Master Directory Block or 

The Finder keys off the combined presence of "System" file and a "Finder" 
file to direct blessing.  If you separate these two inside the currently 
blessed folder, the folder will be unblessed and the Finder will start 
keeping an eye out for new blessable folders.  The moment you open 
another folder that has a "System" and a "Finder", that folder gets 

You can bless any folder while you're running by first going into the 
current blessed folder, moving the Finder into, say, the Extensions 
folder, then closing that [old] system folder and opening the folder 
you'd like to be blessed instead.  Once the new folder has been blessed 
you can pop the Finder out of the Extensions folder in the old system 
folder without changing the blessing.

Hope that clears it up,

>No, what often happens is people want to have multi booting and such, or force
>folders to be bootable that acctually haven't be read and blessed by MacOS 
>they have been artificially created by tools like the HFSUtils. But if we put 
>directoryID into the first long word of the second block, it will become 
>Pat Dirks wrote:
>> Hi,
>> >I'm using vMac ( What often happens, is that people can't 
bless the
>> >System Folder, is there any way to force the a specific folder to be 
blessed from
>> >outside the MacOS.
>> Well, I'm not sure what problems you might be having blessing a system
>> folder: if you've successfully un-blessed any existing system folder (by
>> moving the Finder into some subfolder, for instance) just opening the
>> intended new system folder should take care of the blessing.
>> I don't know what means you have at your disposal "from outside the
>> MacOS" but the Blessed Folder is recorded by a DirectoryID stored in the
>> first longword of the volume's Finder Info, which is 92 (decimal, 5C hex)
>> bytes into the volume's master directory block (block 2, third 512-byte
>> block on the disk).  You could always write the DirectoryID of your
>> favorite folder there...
>> Hope that helps,
>> -Pat Dirks.
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