[hfs-user] Fw: Fw: desktop database

Entwicklung entwicklung@whengenibk.de
Mon, 18 Mar 2002 07:54:21 +0100


----- Original Message -----
From: "Entwicklung" <Entwicklung@WHengenIBK.de>
To: "Matthew Jarjoura" <mjarjo1@gl.umbc.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 7:53 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: desktop database


> Hello,
>        Thanks for replying.
>


> > What exactly are you hoping to accomplish by reading the Desktop DB
file?
> > I doubt Apple wants someone writing code that messes with that file
> > anyway.  Besides Desktop DB is part of Mac OS 9 code.  Mac OS X uses .rc
> > files per directory that I believe you can open with "Property List
> > Editor."
> >
> > If you want to save the state of a directory in Mac OS 9, all meta data
is
> > stored when using .SIT and .HQX compression.  Using Toast to burn a CD
> > also saves that meta data.
>


> I'm trying to create an external HFS image from another platform - i.e. I
> want to write the desktop DB file into my image which is then written onto
> an external volume which I want to be readable under Mac OS 9
> and earlier. I've gathered that this is not absolutely necessary to ensure
> readability but that it would improve user-experience for Mac users to an
> extent ( when files present on my external volume were created using
> applications not installed on the Mac for instance ). I'm not considering
> recording a CD under Mac OS or saving the state of any directories already
> present on the Mac. And I'm not considering Mac OS X at all.
>
> Regards,
> Nandini Hengen
>