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Learn OS X Lion by Mike Lee, Scott Meyers

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Chapter  3

The Mac OS X File System

In this chapter, we are going to step back and take a tour of Mac OS X’s file system to discover what items exist in what folders and why (and also what you can but shouldn’t change, and why). We’ll the following cover in depth:

  • The overall file structure of Mac OS X
  • Your personal home folder and its contents
  • The top-level folders, including the System folder, Library folder, and Application folder
  • Other common folders
  • Hidden folders

The Overall File Structure of Mac OS X

Moving around the file system in Mac OS X is a bit like moving around a city on a subway. You start at one central station and choose a location to head toward. Once you get to the next station you may transfer trains and head to another ...

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