13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2009 10:55 PM by bugspy
bugspy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I noticed that both "application support" and "applications support" folders exist in library.
if i delete the second one, will that affect any operations?

thanks
b.

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (15,375 points)
    I only have *Application Support* (singular)

    I would have looked in the plural version and tried to see if there was any files specific to some application. Maybe some 3rd party application created it.

    I might have also checked to see if it was a real directory or a Symlink or an Alias to the *Application Support*, especially if it had all the same files in it. Of course if they had different files in them, I would have known it was not a Symlink nor Alias.
  • bugspy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    both folders contain almost the same files as i recently removed a couple of folders from the first (application support )one.

    no symlink or alias...
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,985 points)
    Hello,

    NEVER ever delete or modify Mac OS X system files. When you download and install software updates, the installer needs to see the "path" to see where to install those files.



    Carolyn
  • bugspy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ok, i understand that, but whu to have two similar folders under library?
    b.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,985 points)
    Have you performed a recent Archive and Install?


    Carolyn
  • bugspy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    a couple of months ago i upgraded from tiger to leopard. thats all i think.
    best
    b.
  • bugspy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    any other idea?
  • Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
    Don't delete either of them or you'll find yourself in nightmare land.

    OK there's one folder called "Application Support" at root level, and another with the same name in your Users folder.

    Don't let that bug you. Just leave them alone. I'm sure there are plenty of other things for you to be worrying about.
  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (41,390 points)
    Despite all the other notes, warnings and cautions presented here, the Applications Support (plural) folder was created by crappy software during an install of something. It should not exist, but won't hurt anything if it stays. Is there anything inside of the folder?
  • bugspy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    5GB, almost the same files with normal application support....i want to get rid them of my back...
    any concerns?

    b.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    It sounds like somebody (or some app) tried to make a copy, perhaps to use as a backup in case something else went wrong.

    I'd be inclined to compare the two folders in detail. Are there files/folders in one but not the other? Where they're the same, how do the Modified dates compare?

    If you decide to delete the folder, BY ALL MEANS back it up FIRST so you can reinstall if chaos ensues.
  • Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
    My suggestion:

    Using Carbon Copy CLoner or SuperDuper (NOT Time Machine), make a full bootable backup of the entire hard drive to an external FireWire drive.

    Test the clone by rebooting the computer from the external drive.

    Then trash the folder you don't want from the main computer, reboot, and run for a while to see if everything works as normal. Try running all applications and routines, but don't do any major work you wouldn't want to lose.

    If there are no problems your next clone can be from the main computer, sans the folder you trashed.

    If there are problems, clone back from the external drive.

    That's one of the many big advantages of having a bootable clone.
  • bugspy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i back up the "applications support" and then trash it. i just left the "application support" folder and everything seems to work fine. probably a programme had replicated the file for some reason.

    thank you all
    b.