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Mar 20, 2007, 07:37 PM
 
I was wondering if there was a way to trash the system folder for it. I get a message saying the system needs it, but it is just sitting there, taking up room on my HD. I'm running 10.4.9.

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Mar 20, 2007, 09:10 PM
 
Just drag it to the trash. If it won't let you, make sure you're doing it as an administrator account. If it still won't let you, change permissions on it (as an administrator), then drag it to the trash.

If all else fails, you can go into the terminal, then as an administrator, type the relevant rm command (or sudo rm command) to delete the folder and its content. These kind of commands are potentially very dangerous, this one in particular, because if you accidentally hit ENTER at the wrong time, you could easily delete your entire Mac OS X System directory. In fact this one is so dangerous, and so easy to get wrong, if you're not experienced, that I would not type it here because I don't want to be blamed for you trashing your entire Mac system.
     
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Mar 20, 2007, 10:37 PM
 
In System Preferences, Classic, is anything checked? If so, uncheck. You may need to restart after doing this.
     
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Mar 20, 2007, 11:26 PM
 
Changing the permissions doesn't seem to have worked. There are no boxes checked in the System Preferences. I am the administrator and seem to be unable to trash the thing. Very odd.

Ah. Well I can't kill the enclosing folder, but I trashed everything within it. Strange. But at least it is mostly gone. Thanks guys.
     
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Mar 21, 2007, 12:58 AM
 
Try moving the Finder and System files into 2 separate folders. Do a restart and then trash it.
     
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Mar 21, 2007, 01:18 AM
 
You have to empty the folder first, restart, then trash the folder. Works everytime.
     
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Mar 21, 2007, 01:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by Philip J. Fry View Post
You have to empty the folder first, restart, then trash the folder. Works everytime.
exactly. and if you log out, then log back in, you can delete the folder itself (after the above tip).

don't forget the desktop os9 and apps os9 folders & files.
(i've even deleted the classic system preference)
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And that is what you all are: inverted Nothings...with potential" (Sun Ra)
     
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Mar 21, 2007, 09:50 PM
 
To verify: We're talking about the "System Folder" folder used by Mac OS 9 (Classic); not the "System" folder, which is used by Mac OS X.
     
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Mar 21, 2007, 10:20 PM
 
Originally Posted by BDLatimer View Post
To verify: We're talking about the "System Folder" folder used by Mac OS 9 (Classic); not the "System" folder, which is used by Mac OS X.
Somehow I think he would have noticed something was awry if he had trashed the contents of /System…
     
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Mar 22, 2007, 12:20 PM
 
Originally Posted by BDLatimer View Post
To verify: We're talking about the "System Folder" folder used by Mac OS 9 (Classic); not the "System" folder, which is used by Mac OS X.
That would be a safe assumption since the title of this thread is "Since I no longer use OS9..."

I never checked but how much space would you save by removing OS9? (not including apps since that will vary...)
Powerbook G4 15" 1.0GHz FW800 60GIG HDD / 1.5GB RAM 10.5.X
iBook G3/800 12" 30GIG 640MB RAM 10.4.11
Mirror Door G4 1.0DP .5TB/1.5TB/40GB/30GB 1.5GB RAM 10.5 Server
Mini 1.83GHz C2D 80GB HDD 1GB RAM
     
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Mar 22, 2007, 12:32 PM
 
My System 9 Folder (which I still have to use...) is 509 megs big.
     
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Mar 22, 2007, 12:42 PM
 
sudo rm -rf "/System\ Folder"
     
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Mar 22, 2007, 12:48 PM
 
Doesn't save a lot of space, but since the HD that I have my system running off of (the one that came with the G4) is only around 21 GB every little bit helps.

And thanks again for all of your help.
     
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Mar 22, 2007, 02:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by besson3c View Post
sudo rm -rf "/System\ Folder"
If I'm not mistaken, you don't need the backslash when using quotes.
     
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Mar 22, 2007, 08:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by BDLatimer View Post
To verify: We're talking about the "System Folder" folder used by Mac OS 9 (Classic); not the "System" folder, which is used by Mac OS X.
But think of how much space you could save if you deleted both!
     
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Mar 22, 2007, 09:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by Brass View Post
But think of how much space you could save if you deleted both!
My System folder is much smaller than my Library folder...
     
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Mar 23, 2007, 01:58 AM
 
What the heck, delete them both!
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