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I am a small lab administrator using At Ease on 3 PowerMac 7200/90.

The mail reader is Eudora Light. I have a script which will delete the Eudora settings after a user quits, however it will not work with At Ease.

The basic problem seems to be that the settings file is stored in the System folder, which Eudora will not allow to be altered in any way shape or form.

Does anybody know of a workaround? I would prefer not to alter the programs themselves (ie ResEdit).

Thanks.
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It is in at ease or general control panels, If it is in at ease then all you have to do is change the setting and if it is general controls it is simple just uncheck protect system, also i have a better program it lets them use the normal finder and is even more safe, The only thing is you need to keep at ease and put it on go to finder so if they restart with extensions off it will ask for a password, email me for the details on the program at abby@vax1.mankato.msus.edu
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Thanks for the suggest Nate01, but I'm not sure what setting in At Ease you are talking about. I have been through the program with a fine tooth comb and I can not find anything that will allow me alter the System folder when At Ease is on.
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I'll go check.
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There is a way, give them access to the settings by making them a item, u do that by finding the items called whatever settings then adding them. a better idea is my program though.
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Sorry Nate,

Tried this to no avail. I am not interested in your program, thanks for the offer though.

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Well then either give them access to all the computer or manually redo it every day, there isno way besides that cause at ease it made to prevent people from using anything besides apps, how about disks? you can give them the program on a disk for a small fee or have some of your own, it is what we did at my old school with eudora and it was pretty cool! the whole school could talk to everyone.
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Nate, thanks for the suggestion, but it's just not practical for us. I think we've found our work around in Claris emailer. Thanks for all the help though.
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Eudora will work from settings files from any location, not just the system folder. It is At Ease that is preventing your script from deleting the settings from the system folder.

What you want to do is to create another folder outside the system folder that At Ease grants access to. Copy all the settings files to this folder. Make an alias of the actual "Eudora Settings" file and name the alias Eudora, or something to indicate that this alias launches the application.

All that the user should be able to access from At Ease is this alias. Your script should do two things when a user logs out.
1) Delete all the settings files, leaving only the alias you created.
2) Copy "fresh" copies of the original files to the folder.


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He found his answer read the previous question
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Again, thanks for your help, but I have found another solution.
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I tried the following successfully with Eudora Pro 3.1:
make an alias to the "Eudora Settings" folder in the system folder.
Move the actual "Eudora Settings" folder somewhere else where it can be altered when running At Ease.
rename "Eudora Settings Alias" to "Eudora Settings" in the system folder.

All should be well.. (FYI, not to dumb things down but rather make things fully answered.. openapple-m makes an alias in the finder)
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Thanks for the help, but again, the problem has been solved.
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hrashid-

If you have solved the problem, have you asked for the question to be removed? That will stop people from answering the question. As it stands right now, the question is available. This sends a bigger message than adding a comment that you no longer want an answer.
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I will give you the easy out just give me the points! i will owe you a favor. :) lol
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Heehee- That's funny! Nate01 gives the answers that are totally incorrect, adds worthless comments, and still gets the points? I'm starting to see how this works...
In fact, I can certainly see how that would be a lot easier than giving correct answers and helpful comments. I may have to try it myself! Thanks for showing how it's done, Nate01 & hrashid!
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Yup i'm good, lol
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