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MacTools: Files without parents?

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When I run MacTools Pro (4.0.4) on my 7100/80AV, I get a message the says I have "files without parents", but it doesn't tell me which files or what to do about them. Can you tell me what this means and what to do to fix it?
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I'd hazzard a guess that MacTools has found a file that doesnt appear to have its creator application on the hard disk. For Example if you put a Microsoft word document on your computer and dont have the Word application itself then this sounds like a file without a parent. A preference file for an old game (maybe a demo you ran on a magazine cover disk) could also cause this. Some programs create preference files but do not set the creator type properly and may give this problem even thought the program does exist.


dont worry about it, if it was a serious problem then I'm sure MacTools would warn you.

If you are still woried then you could try getting hold of a shareware program called 'FileBuddy' which searches your hard disk for files who dont appear to have related applications(amongst other usedul tasks).

Dave

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Dave (aka Atlas),

I was looking for a more specific answer, related to what MacTools actually is telling me. I (and others) have "guessed", as you have, that it means "orphan" and the files may be found with another application, e.g., Spring Cleaning or FileBuddy.

MacTools apparently thinks it is a serious problem because it won't let me do certain things, like optimize, because of it.

If you have any further information, or can guide me to where I can get a specific answer, I'd appreciate it.   Thanks
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