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What is disk journaling


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What is disk journaling and should I have it enabled or disabled. Once again I'm sorry if this is a stupid question. I just want to make sure I learn everything there is to know about my beloved MAC.
Also, what does the app Cocktail do? Is it something I should have? Thanks, Holly
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The easiest way to explain journaling. It is a file system with a file log. If the system were to crash. The file system log (journal) is use to return the system back to the state it was before the crash. It is a good ideas to have journaling turned on.

Cocktail is also a good application to have. Just use it carefully until you know what all the figures do.

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Also, what does the app Cocktail do? Is it something I should have? Thanks, Holly
Cocktail is an interesting application. I like to refer to it as a "gateway application" (kinda like the drug, but not really). It really just allows you to do a ton of things. It lets you change options and modify things. If you're into that kinda stuff and know what you're doing ('cause changing stuff is a risk some don't even think of while others fear), then get it. I like to download lots of little applications (from shareware, to freeware, to demos) that let me play around with my computer and do fun things. I keep them around, though I almost never use them. I'm a computer program pack-rat. Anyway, it's up to you. Their website goes into more detail on what each part of it can do.
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But as he said make sure you are careful with cocktail.

there are also other programs like Onyx etc that do similar/same things.
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journaling is cool, if during a bad storm for example, your power goes out while your mac is on, journaling will make sure you lose no data.
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If I get cocktail and just use the "pilot" portion of it will I be OK?
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yup, thats it.
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what exactly is cocktail....i've never even heard of it
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a maintenance app, like onyx, but simpler and less easy to screw up your computer.
it basically runs cron scripts, repairs permissions, deletes caches and logs.
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I've used Cocktail for awhile now and I highly recommend it.

Sexyholly, yes, Pilot is what you want. Very simple way to do alot of maintenance tasks all at once.

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so is cocktail a beneficial program for the first time mac user? i've had my mac for about a week, is it worth while for me to install the program and will i notice any differences in performance? thanks
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ye, use it. you don't actually install it, its a .app, meaning its all in the app, its basically a front end/gui for things you can do in the terminal, but you won't notice much difference unless your computer is acting weird, it'll often fix smaller problems.
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