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I am new to Mac. I installed emacs, but I can't see my .emacs file in the finder. I can open the file from inside emacs, and I saved another copy on my desktop, but it's not showing.

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Do you need to see these files in the Finder or in terminal? – AllInOne Sep 26 '13 at 21:24
I just want easy access to my .emacs file so I can make backup copies. And after I made a copy, I would like being able see it so I know where it is. – LWZ Sep 26 '13 at 21:58
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These files starting with a dot are meant to be hidden in *nix.

To see them in terminal add the -a flag to the ls command:

ls -a

To see them in the Finder you will want to set a hidden preference (this is global change tho, you'll see all your hidden files everywhere):

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

and then restart the finder:

killall Finder

To reverse and hide them again:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE && killall Finder


Update to add:

Lately I've only been able to get this to work when the string is lower case! I think this happened starting in 10.9, but not certain.

So you'll want:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE;
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