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What is registry and do macs have one or an equivalent?

asked Sep 04 '11 at 08:13

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edited Sep 04 '11 at 08:46

The registry is in simple terms a place where lots of different settings can be stored. You can explore the registry by going to run (windows key + r) and typing in "regedit.exe". Be very careful NOT TO CHANGE ANYTHING, as this might give you more registry errors. I do not have a Mac, but I think I have heard that they mostly use .ini files. These are files in the file system that have all of the programs settings in them. They are nice because with a simple copy, you have all the settings for your computer, without having to do a registry backup, which contains other stuff as well.

answered Sep 04 '11 at 09:12

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I noticed when i install applications they are mainly in a .bin file. In macs is each program mostly self-contained except the few in a file in the reference library of the os?

(Sep 04 '11 at 09:50) Enrico Enrico's gravatar image

I don't recall ever seeing a .ini file in Mac OS, I believe Windows uses them.

(Sep 04 '11 at 10:13) augustuen augustuen's gravatar image

In Mac OS X all apps are contained in special folders with the file ending .app with all the files and resources that the Application uses (like images, settings, etc.), Finder reads a small file that tells it which application to run when you click on these "folders".

Mac OS X does have something similar to the registry: /Library.

answered Sep 04 '11 at 10:20

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What do you mean with "registry"?

answered Sep 04 '11 at 08:42

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registry errors that pop up all the time

(Sep 04 '11 at 08:46) Enrico Enrico's gravatar image

Macs have equivalents...pc's with the same specs...

answered Sep 04 '11 at 08:49

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The Windows registry is just a big database of settings for Windows and many other programs. Older software (including the Windows OS) used .ini files before the registry. A registry error can be an entry that is pointing to a nonexistent file. This type of "error" is very common and should not concern you at all. Some software will make you pay money to fix these "errors", but it's not worth the money.

(I'm no expert at the Mac OS) The settings for applications are stored in the .app. A .app is a special folder that contains multiple files, but will open like an executable by default. I think some system settings are stored in the /etc/ directory in .conf files (that's the way many *nix applications store info).

answered Sep 04 '11 at 19:43

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The settings of an app are not in fact stored in the .app file. They are stored in /users/username/library/preferences/ as plist files.

(Sep 04 '11 at 19:55) hansring hansring's gravatar image

Ok. Thank you for letting me know. :)

(Sep 04 '11 at 19:56) Joel Joel's gravatar image
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