copy file on Mac

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at
Tue May 9 18:08:13 EDT 2006

On 5/9/06, Mark Schonewille <m.schonewille at> wrote:
> Sarah and Chipp,
> Please! Don't set the filetype to empty. This can cause unexpected
> results, such as files appearing at random locations in Finder
> windows or even off-screen on the desktop, particularly on older
> systems. Have mercy with the users of your software. Instead, set the
> filetype to "????????".

Sorry, I forgot to mention that I only use this technique for Mac OS
X, where it causes no problems. I don't use or write for OS 9 any
more, but I would assume that file types & creators would have to be
properly set for that. OS X is more flexible and allows you to use
file types or file extensions. In that case, setting the fileType to
empty works perfectly with no unpleasant side-effects.


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