Re: [Gimp-user] A problem

I’ve seen the same thing as Michael. However, at least in the Mac OS, my experience is that it’s a bad idea 
for two reasons:

1. It’s very easy to inadvertently rename, move, misplace, or delete a file. I only keep a few, generally 
temporary files on my desktop, files I intend to throw away when I’m done with them. Even so, I’ve managed to 
do all of these things at one time or another.

2. It seems that in the Finder (the real name and function of the so-called “desktop”) is really a kind of 
limbo as far as the computer’s file structure is concerned. The Mac OS is designed as a hierarchical file 
system, and should be used as such. When a file is stored on the desktop (i.e., the Finder), it is more 
likely to get lost in a crash or a disk problem. I have also experienced this first hand. This is also a 
particular problem if there are multiple user’s accounts.

Admittedly, other than inadvertent renaming, misplacing, or deletion, these problems tend to be rare. They do 

When files are transferred to a new computer, files on the desktop are more likely to be misplaced, or their 
address lost by the Finder, or corrupted. The icon my remain on the desktop, but the actual file location 
isn’t “known” by the Finder. The Mac OS is designed as a hierarchical file system, and should be used as such.

I think the best and easiest solution to the original problem is to restore the files from a backup. That was 
what I did when I had a similar problem. That was when someone with far more knowledge of the Mac interface, 
a developer, told me it was unwise to keep important files on the desktop.


On Apr 4, 2020, at 2:11 AM, Michael Schumacher <schumaml gmx de> wrote:

On 4/3/20 11:11 PM, Cliff Pratt via gimp-user-list wrote:

Maybe they did invent the desktop. But that doesn't answer my question. I
find it strange that anyone would store their photos on the desktop. Is
that a Mac thing?

Regardless of the platform, some people use the desktops as there main
file and folder storage location - I've seen desktops spanning multiple
screens, with icons everywhere, no free space left.

Other people use dedicated folders, sometimes even those the platform
suggests for these tasks.

It's mostly personal choice, like e.g. replying above or below quoted
text in mails :)

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