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Snaggy

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Icon 8 posted November 08, 2007 08:23      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mac OS Tiger
I have a couple of folders containing 2000 or so files in it. I'm looking at them in list view.
The Mac OS usually remembers where you were last looking in a folder, and returns to that spot. It's a very handy feature. Unfortunately I now have a couple of folders that have lost their memory.
Now they always open at the "top" and I have to scroll down to the files I want to work with.

Changing the view method doesn't make any dfference, these two folders never "remember" where I was last looking at. (This is new behavior, they were both working fine up until a week or so ago. well, actually, one of them broke first, now a second has joined in the Rebellion.)

I've fixed permissions, ownership, tried making new folders and replacing them, etc etc with no luck. Anyone come across anything like this? Driving. me. nuts.

These folders are doing the same thing in Leopard too. [Mad]

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Icon 1 posted November 08, 2007 15:34      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Can't say I have. Honestly, I never knew it could do that (just checked it out now, though). But, being an old Windows victim, I take whatever OS X hands me with open arms. My partner, on the other hand, started out with OS 8.6, and hates the Dock and misses the old 8.6/9.0 application switcher (the one where you could pull it off the menu bar and have it float in its own little window).

If I find anything on this I'll let you know. Maybe something with the .DX_Store file is broken or a Finder pref file.

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Icon 3 posted November 09, 2007 20:50      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I found this:
http://www.macgeekery.com/gspot/2007-03/saving_views_in_the_finder ::
MacGeekery: Saving Views in the Finder

Essentially, OS X only inconsistently remembers folder views. It's best when there is only one window open at a time. Maybe that's why those windows have lost their places, other windows open at the same time and the proper info isn't getting saved when you close the window. Just a guess.

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Serenak

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Icon 1 posted November 10, 2007 04:36      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Snaggy

are these folders with a slowly growing number of items in them?

Because if they are it may be just the sheer number of files in there that is causing a problem (I don't know why but something about not having over 1,999 items in a folder keeps nagging at me - but sometimes these things are from previous OS incarnations lodged in me noodle....)

Try splitting the folders in half... or putting half the contents into a folder inside the first and see if that makes a difference.

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Icon 3 posted November 10, 2007 10:08      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Serenak, yep, they are folders with slowly growing number of items in them (They are the JoT image and archive folders)

and yep, if I remove items, the folder memory comes back.

[Mad]

OK that's it. My Mac won't let me make any more comics. I'm retiring! [crazy]

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OK, at least you know the cause now - which at least makes it a tiny bit less frustrating.

Well I know it is still a pain, but how about simply dividing the contents in to a few sub directories, no doubt the less the better, just as long as you keep the numbers in the folder below the 2000 mark

I don't know Pre 2000, 2001-2005, 2006-2010, that sort of thing

I mean just grabbing half of it and stuffing it in a folder "The Early Days" would give you room for another 999ish items

Also I seem to remember reading something about Leopard having better support for folders with a large number of items... though that might just be my imagination.

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Snaggy

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naw, retiring is easier! [Razz]
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well if I could afford to I'd bloody well retire too.

:S

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The Ars review of Leopard said that it applies changes to 'view options' to /all/ windows instead of the current one. Apparently, you can only do some complicated trick to do it to a given folder. Or something like that. (I'm kind of tired at the moment.)

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Icon 1 posted November 12, 2007 20:28      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Serenak! That's pretty cool you know that. Where did you find that kind of info? I pretty much scoured Google and came up empty (it's tech puzzles like this that keep me up at night).

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