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wrightm 06-27-2005 01:50 AM

quick help locating browser cache files and cookies
I have returned to using mac's after 5 years absence. Many things have changed.
On my PC I can look at the internet files which have been viewed online in a folder called "temporary image files"...examples of pictures and animations which have been viewed. I think it is basically like cache. So if I am looking at my website and photo1.jpg pops up on the page; in the pc's that photo1.jpg is temporarily stored on the hard disk so that if the page is accessed again it will just pop straight up. I'm sure you already know all this; but on the mac it does not look like the browser does this.
I'll try to search out something from the webpage on my hard-disk and nothing comes up. Does it not work this way? Does web content not automatically get stored on the hard disk?

eric 11-19-2006 11:32 PM

i know this is an old thread to dig up, but it's the only thread on the topic that i could find, and basically i have the same question. where are all the files kept that your browser displays, plays, etc? also, i know i can view 'cookies' in safari's preferences, but is there a folder that they're actually kept in?

also is firefox or safari easier to 'track' this way by a user on his/her own sysem. does anyone know the answer for both or either browser?

rogueace 11-19-2006 11:51 PM

yeah, i would like to know this too.

eric 11-21-2006 10:36 AM


eric 11-22-2006 10:22 PM

seriously - devilboy? rman? schweb? caribiener? no one knows this?

i guess i can try the viewing hidden files trick i learned elsewhere and see if i can do some digging... too bad you can't trick spotlight into finding 'hidden' files.

schweb 11-22-2006 10:25 PM

I don't believe they're stored that way. Safari's cache is kept in ~/Library/Caches/Safari/ but they're all .cache files.

eric 11-22-2006 10:31 PM

are they 'openable' at all? (ex: context menu - show package contents)

btw, thanks for the reply schweb!

schweb 11-22-2006 10:38 PM

Don't know. Have you looked?

eric 11-22-2006 11:08 PM

i thought i looked a bit, not sure about that specifically, and my macbook is sitting on my lapdesk at home (i'm working). i'll check bit more - and try the hidden files thing when i get a chance in a couple days (or bring my macbook to work tomorrow).

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