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Apple Since it's weekend, which usually equates to no news, we figured we'd follow in Engadget's footsteps by asking you, our dear and loving readers, what you would change about Apple's current Mac Pro. Engadget readers already had a few things to say - this is the internet after all. And since this is OSNews, we add a question of our own: what would you change about Mac OS X?
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Merge!
by mono on Sat 9th May 2009 12:47 UTC
mono
Member since:
2005-10-19

I discovered many annoyances in OS X since I use it but the most dangerous thing was the unix-like handling of folders and files. I mean the bad thing is that there's no merge command by default or as an option.
When I was a beginner Mac user I faced this problem several times that I lost a lot of files when I wanted to copy or move one folder over another.
In fact I can't really imagine how it's possible that they don't realize that it's extremely destructive and dangerous.

Even if i'm an advanced user now on Mac it happened to me one more time that I wanted to move a folder to another drive and the moving stopped. Then I wanted to continue by moving the folder again to the other drive and I forgot that it won't continue the operation but overwrite the whole folder with the first one which does not contain the moved files...

Edited 2009-05-09 12:48 UTC

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RE: Merge!
by darknexus on Sat 9th May 2009 13:21 in reply to "Merge!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The way I see that, it's doing exactly what it tells you. It asks you whether you wish to replace a folder--not existing files in that folder, but the folder itself. Replace means replace, and it does precisely what it is indicating it will do. If anything, Windows has made this one unclear by muddling the meaning of folder replacement.
What I'd like to see done is simply have three buttons in that dialog instead of two: replace, merge, and cancel. Everybody's happy, and it couldn't be more clear what will happen when you click the button.

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RE[2]: Merge!
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 9th May 2009 14:10 in reply to "RE: Merge!"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

If anything, Windows has made this one unclear by muddling the meaning of folder replacement.


While playing around with the Windows 7 RC on my laptop I noticed that the wording has been changed to "Merge" instead of "Replace."

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RE: Merge!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 9th May 2009 16:06 in reply to "Merge!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

cp /path/to/source/folder/* /path/to/dest/folder/

done, the way it should be. I'd always wished a terminal command could be typed out from finder.


Yeah, yeah I know "gui this", "not easy that". But "Advanced Users" should be able to master the cp command.

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