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What is sw directory?

Posted on 2003-11-01
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Hi experts,
I'm just wondering what is the sw directory that resides in the root for?  Is it something related to fink??  
Thank you
r6
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by:weed
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I don't have one so it's probably 3rd party software related. Could be anyones guess.
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by:matmac
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R6, What is in the folder? and what MacOS are you running?

From a graphics / dtp perspective, Macs that are used as a RIP (Raster Image Processor - for highend output devices)  running Harlequins Scriptworks have an "sw" folder.

http://www.globalgraphics.com/software/harlequin_rip/classic_rip.html

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/sw is the default installation directory for packages installed by Fink.

http://fink.sourceforge.net/faq/general.php#why-sw

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by:R6
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Hi weed,
Thanks for replying!

Hi matmac,
Thanks for replying to my question!
>>What is in the folder?
a folder called lib with nothing in it.
>>What MacOS are you running?
10.2.6

Hi brettmjohnson,
Thank you as well!
>>sw is the default installation directory for packages installed by Fink.
Thats what i thought as well!  But, i dont think i've installed Fink before..and theres nothing in the /sw beside an empty lib folder.  Also, i've tried to run some basic Fink command and it said command not found.  So, what is really going on??

thank you all!

r6

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by:Insolence
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Have you installed X11 or any other X11-ish programs?  brett is right, that sw directory is from fink.  But it tends to also get installed from any application installers you download that use X11, KDE, Gnome, or other xwindows host like these.  =)  So, the answer is, it's from some fink app.  Look inside that sw folder and I bet you'll see in one of those subfolders (prolly bin, or sbin) the name of one of the apps you  or someone else has installed recently.  =)  Enjoy

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