Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 10:52 UTC
Mac OS X "This is the problem: You want to open a file using something other than the default application. You right-click its icon in the Finder, choose Open With, and a submenu pops up with an absurd number of duplicate entries." This is so annoying. Dr. Dang made a little addition to .bashrc so you can fix it with a single command. Now it's up to Apple to actually fix the problem (via Daring Fireball).
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

It is annoying and the fix is so simple making you wonder why Apple doesn't make OS X do this automatically once in a while.

They haven't fixed it because it's a feature.

Apple have cleverly duplicated entries so people with twitchy arms don't have to worry quite so much about point and click accuracy.

Apple are once again innovating usability.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It doesn't really degrade usability.

Files open with default application. The problem mentioned occurs when you right click on a file and select "Open with", then you may or may not see some duplicate entries. It's probably caused by the developers of those applications rather than Apple.

Most people don't even go there so they'll never notice this.

But when you do go there it doesn't look cool. With a fix so easy 'n' quick I think it would made sense if Apple made OS X do this once a week or so.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It doesn't really degrade usability.

I didn't say it did. It was just a (bad) joke post ;)

Files open with default application. The problem mentioned occurs when you right click on a file and select "Open with", then you may or may not see some duplicate entries. It's probably caused by the developers of those applications rather than Apple.

Yeah, I know how "open with" works. ;)

But when you do go there it doesn't look cool. With a fix so easy 'n' quick I think it would made sense if Apple made OS X do this once a week or so.

It would be better if OS X didn't do that at all. KDE and -as far as I can remember- Windows doesn't create duplicate entries. And I don't mean that as flamebait because all OS's / desktop environments have their own quirks (it's to be expected given the complexity of such software). I just mean that running additional processes every week to catch a bug that should be caught when new entries are being added seems like the wrong approach - which I'm guessing is the reason why Apple have never implemented a weekly job.

Edited 2013-02-20 12:04 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by HappyGod on Thu 21st Feb 2013 05:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

Remember this is coming from the company that allowed you to create duplicate files on the Apple Lisa.

Maybe the madness has continued until today?

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