OS X defines several folders across the filesystem as holding special
significance to the system. Individual applications, as well as the
system software itself, consult these directories when scanning for
certain types of software or resources installed on the machine. For
example, a program that wants a list of fonts available to the whole
system can look in
/System/Library/Fonts. Font files can certainly
exist elsewhere in the filesystem, but relevant applications
aren’t likely to find them unless
they’re in a predictable place.
might also have a
/Library/Fonts folder inside
your home folder and perhaps yet another inside
folder exists inside a separate
domain-Mac OS X’s term for the
scope that a folder resides in (in terms of both function and
permission from the current user’s point of view).
The system defines four domains:
The term “domain” is a contender
for the most overloaded word used to describe Mac OS X. While reading
this section, try not to confuse the concept of filesystem domains
with that of Internet domain names (such as
oreilly.com) or NetInfo domains (as covered in
Chapter 11). None of these have anything to do
with each other.
Contains folders that are under complete control of the current user. Generally speaking, this includes the user’s Home folder and everything inside it.
Holds folders and files usable by all users of this machine, which may be ...