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What was this app and is it here?

Greetings

i remember using a mac app from back then that the icon was the mac's trash icon, but on fire. what was this called, what did it do, and is it here?

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If it was just an image of a trash can on fire, then it was probably just a ResEdit hack to replace the icon.

If it was an animated burning when emptying the Trash, then it could be an actual System Extension. There's a few such animated trash emptying System Extensions around, the most famous being The Grouch with Oscar from Sesame Street, which again is also probably relatively easy to ResEdit hack into other animated ideas.

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No, it didn't replace the icon of the Trash can, I remember that it actually did something, and it was a program. IIRC, it would free up a little extra space when formatting Mac floppy disks.

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Sorry, I misunderstood the original post. There's not much room on a floppy disk to begin with, so at best you'll only free up a few kilobytes by deleting invisible system files such as the Desktop.

Another possibility is that it automatically deleted files sitting in the Trash when the floppy was ejected, which would seem to link to the application's icon of a trashcan.

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That's ok Smile I'm thinking that it removed those invisible system files. I don't really need it, but i was wondering what that thing was.

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Potentially it may have altered the disk's block size, but again you wouldn't gain much (if anything) on a floppy disk.

You can delete those invisible system files using other utilities (possibly File Buddy, and for OS X there is / was Blue Harvest), but I don't remember ever coming across the particular program you're asking about.

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I think you are thinking of Burn Barrel http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/burn-barrell-force-delete-app

I wrote it a few years ago. Exploits a buffer-underrun in OSX to force Finder to delete stubborn files like Zip files that keep saying they are in use.

There is also a 2.0 version of it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wn208iexk2laqgn/Burn%20Barrel%202.0.zip?dl=0 that takes it to the next level by getting a list of all OSX/OS9 trashes and force-deleting them with a "Sudo rm -fR" command. This one can delete ANYTHING - including your entire System (if you somehow could put it in the trash)!

But don't worry, requires a password and has a lot of scary warnings. Actually talks when you back out - funny! Is a good tool for those who know what they are doing.