2976 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2009 4:13 AM by Klaus1
I deleted the icon that was causing problems, and I new one began doing the same thing.
I believe it is happening with the last alphabetical icon.
Orignal icon doing this started with "w";
i deleted it and noticed icon with "s" began doing same thing.
this point I created a new file beginning with "z"
within minutes the zzz.txt was moved same as the others.
I don't know if this is relevant but it may give some insight:
I have been compiling .cpp files with g++ in terminal, often I notice the file disappear for a few seconds then reappear(I think it is the same one that moves, but not certain atm).
I have [compiling,fixing,compiling] code in this way for the past hour (during this time is when I noticed and tested the alphabetical theory).
Performance tip: Keep the Desktop clutter-free (empty, if possible)
Mac OS X's Desktop is the de facto location for downloaded files, and for many users, in-progress works that will either be organized later or deleted altogether. The desktop can also be gluttonous, however, becoming a catch-all for files that linger indefinitely.
Unfortunately - aside from the effect of disarray it creates - keeping dozens or hundreds of files on the Desktop can significantly degrade performance. Not necessarily because the system is sluggish with regard to rendering the icons on the desktop and storing them in memory persistently (which may be true in some cases), but more likely because keeping an excessive number of items on the Desktop can cause the windowserver process to generate reams of logfiles, which obviously draws resources away from other system tasks. Each of your icons on your desktop is stored as a window in the window server, not as an alias. The more you have stored, the more strain it puts on the window server. Check your desktop for unnecessary icons and clear them out.
Keeping as few items as possible on the Desktop can prove a surprisingly effective performance boon. Even creating a single folder on your Desktop and placing all current and future clutter inside, then logging out and back in can provide an immediately noticeable speed boost, particularly for the Finder.
And it is why Apple invented 'Stacks' for Leopard.
Here is Apple's take on the subject: