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I've just migrated from an old MBP to a new one. I had a folder Transmachina in the root in which I keep a large SVN working copy. I just copied this over with cp -R but on the new machine this folder is greyed out in Finder, and I can't navigate into it.

In terminal, I can access it fine as my user (no sudo) and the permissions are:

drwxr-xr-x   56 nic   wheel    Transmachina

which are the same as on the old machine. Both are running 10.8.2, but the old machine was 10.5 when originally purchased and configured.

Update: xattr -l Transmachina doesn't show anything at all.

Any ideas on how I can fix this?

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Does xattr -l show any extended attributes? –  ؘؘؘ Oct 20 '12 at 13:10
    
What is the name of the folder? –  patrix Oct 20 '12 at 18:24
    
I've updated the question with the folder name "Transmachina" - it's not a reserved name or anything –  Nic Cottrell Oct 21 '12 at 18:07

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I found my answer here: http://stephenmonro.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/the-best-file-management-utility-for-mac-osx/

Use a command like this on the folder:

SetFile -d 06/13/2011 PATH/

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Thanks! To be fair the author found the solution at macadmins.psu.edu/news/2011/06/grayed_out_finder_folder –  Nic Cottrell Nov 3 '12 at 8:55
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Especially since the original link has disappeared, it's worth pointing out that the SetFile command is part of the XCode command-line tools. –  Andrew Ferrier Mar 19 '13 at 11:10

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