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Use the Unix, Luke!

Too often, Mac OS X users are bound and gagged by the Graphical User Interface Apple provides.  Not So Traenk...

The newer forms of Safari don't allow an easy clean up of browser remnants.  Me?  I like to pitch all the cached pages and page bits after doing finances and other stuff.  I might want to leave a few cookies, so the delete all option seems to remove more than I'd like.  So what to do?

When these new changes to Safari (the browser, not the online library this site offers); I hit the Internet just to see what others were saying.

Nothing.  Folks were saying nothing and offering no options for doing this manually.  And this concerns me.  Mac OS X is a lot of Darwin, a BSD-like offshoot, with a fancy front.  Let's get you to the faster solution.

1.  Open a Finder Window, the one with all your folders like Pictures or Videos in it.

2.  You should see one named Library.  Open it.  Wow!  Look at all the stuff your account tracks for you!

3.  Open the folder named Caches.  Wow!  Look at all those folders that cache your data for quick retrieval!  Hey, isn't that a folder from your tax preparation software that you deinstalled after taxes?  (Yes, Virginia, there are info leakage opportunities a plenty in Mac OS X.)

4.  Open com.apple.safari and in it, open fsCachedData.  With the browser closed, you should be able to Move to Trash all the files and empty trash.

Now, remember!  It may or may not be "safe" to delete these files.  For example, some poorly coded apps save application transaction state in a general cache versus a cookie.  But with this brief blog I offer no implicit or explicit guarantee of worthiness.  

What further you can do with this information:

1.  Administrators can check minors' use of the web and can pinpoint troubling content from Internet Creepsters.

2.  You can review other browser caches in the main folder.

3.  You can browse through all your settings, all your applications, all cruft so many processes leave yet refuse to delete after process close down or app deletion.

Folks, don't be hypnotized by the pretty face of Mac OS X.  Open a folder or two in Library and see what's going on behind the scenes.  Have back ups and all that stuff ready to bail you out.


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