Is there a way (eg. a binary hack into Finder) to stop it from creating .DS-Stores on LOCAL Volumes?
I am using Leopard, therefore these don't work:
Also, BlueHarvest slows down my computer.
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Third party solutions
In my experience, BlueHarvest is best in class. Technically, it is not an answer to the question; it can remove but not prevent
If BlueHarvest is effective but does not suit your use case, it becomes difficult to give an acceptable answer to your question.
If you have no acceptable third party solution, then you must work with what's integral to Leopard …
Without a third party solution: restrain your use of Finder
By avoiding the views that you do not wish to save, you can prevent creation of
Most users will find it difficult to restrain themselves in this way, but it's a true answer within the limitations of the question.
http://diigo.com/0qiwp for an annotated view of http://lists.apple.com/archives/applescript-users/2006/Jun/msg00180.html where Matt Deatherage (a former engineer at Apple) explains
I haven't found any way to keep them from being created, but you can delete them automatically with a script
Run it every X minutes via
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Try this command: defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true in terminal. It seems to work for me.