The /System/Library Directory

Table A-3 lists the directories stored under the /System/Library directory. You should not modify the contents of these directories or add new files to them. Instead, use their counterparts in the /Library folder. For example, to install a new font, drag it into /Library/Fonts, not /System/Library/Fonts.

Table A-3. The /System/Library directory

File or directory

Description

Axis/

Contains support files for Apache Axis. Mac OS X Server only.

Assistants/

Contains support files for the setup assistant. Mac OS X Server only.

Caches/

Contains caches used by various parts of the operating system.

CFMSupport/

Holds shared libraries used by Carbon applications.

Classic/

Description not available at time of writing; see errata page at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mosxgeeks.

ColorPickers/

Includes localized resources for Mac OS X color pickers.

Colors/

Lists the names and values of colors used in the color picker control.

ColorSync/

Contains ColorSync profiles.

Components/

Contains application building blocks (components), such as AppleScript and color pickers. Components are not applications themselves and are generally shared between applications.

CoreServices/

Contains system applications, such as SystemStarter, BootX, the Finder, and the login window.

Displays/

Contains ColorSync information for external monitors.

DTDs/

Contains document type definitions for XML documents used by the system, such ...

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