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    Merging folders with duplicate names
    On windows and linux, when you move a folder into a directory with a folder of the same name, you are offered the option of merging the folders. For Mac I only get 'would you like to replace them'. How can I merge them?

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    Which version of OSX are you using? I'm still using 10.5.8 so I cannot do what you want to do, but I thought I read that it can be done using newer versions, possibly Lion or Mountain Lion.

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    I don't have a Windows machine to try that on at the moment.... but from memory and if I'm reading your post correctly, Windows reacts in the same way as does Mac OS X. That's using the Windows file explorer and not a third party file manager.

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    Yep I'm using mac 10.5.8

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    I thought there was a way to do this directly in OS X but can't seem to trigger it at the moment. If you are comfortable with Terminal check this page for some ideas.

    Somehow part of this post was missing. Other possibilities are ChronoSynch and some versions of MacPilot though the current one requires 10.6. I have also seen a post suggesting FileMerge if you have the Developer Tools installed.
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    To stick with the GUI, try Folder Merge or Unison or from the command line try:

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    ditto from_folder destination_folder
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    I believe the "folder merge" option was added to OS X around 10.6 or so. It would not exist in version 10.5.8.

    If you have an Intel Mac there, you *really* should have upgraded that to 10.6 *years* ago for a huge variety of reasons. I would *strongly* recommend you do so soon before Apple stops selling 10.6 for $20 as they do now -- they will not continue that offer indefinitely.

    If you're on a PPC Mac, I'd strongly suggest you start saving up for a newer Intel Mac (I recommend circa 2009 or later) ASAP. The writing is on the wall, has been for some time, train leaving station and all that. You're risking losing access to your archaic files if you don't stay aware of standards and make sure your files adhere to one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovejoy2 View Post
    Yep I'm using mac 10.5.8
    Ok then, you cannot merge folders. It will overwrite the target folder's contents, just as it says it will. Heed the warning!!

    I continue to happily use 10.5.8 and see no reason to update it. However, my Mac is getting old (2007) and I'll eventually replace it, thus updating to the latest version of OSX. Now, if Apple decides to dump OSX for something entirely new, I'll have to rush to the store before Macs that will run 10.9(?) are sold out.

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    As they have very strongly marketed Mavericks as a new beginning for OS X, doesn't seem like it's going anywhere for a while.

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    Your post is the first time I've seen that name, but I found it just now as a news release. There are a couple more big cat names they could have used...

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    Your post is the first time I've seen that name,
    You need to get out more often! It was first reported in our rumors forum right after the announcement by Apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    I believe the "folder merge" option was added to OS X around 10.6 or so.
    It's not in 10.8.4 (I've just tried). Has it been removed?
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    Sorry, entirely my fault, I forgot to mention the magic ingredient.

    You need to hold the OPTION KEY down when moving folder A to the same place as folder B, both of which have the same name. THEN you will get the option to merge the two folders into one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You need to get out more often! It was first reported in our rumors forum right after the announcement by Apple.
    Well, obviously, I don't read that forum. I also don't read any techie magazines. So, of course it hasn't been on the TV network news that I watch, so it was new to me! But you don't give a date, even an approximate one.

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    A date for what?

    OS X Mavericks was announced on June 10th.

    It is in beta now (for developers only) and is expected to come out "in the fall" (ie no set date yet).

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