A resource for storing information which is available for a computer program. Computer files can be considered as the modern counterpart of paper documents.

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How can I enable search by filename in finder on Lion

Before switching to Lion (on Snow leopard) I used to open a directory (like my Downloads) and start searching using the search box at the top right of the finder window for a file and there was an ...
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Program, or workflow to update a single file and update all instances of it everywhere else

Is there a program, or a workflow that is best for working with a single file, and when saving to update all instances of the file on the computer, whether it be in different projects folders? Edit ...
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Selecting files with one extensions that have the same name as files with a different extension

I have two folders of images. In one folder there are .JPGs, e.g. 001.jpg 002.jpg 003.jpg 004.jpg 005.jpg 006.jpg 007.jpg 008.jpg in the other folder, there are .NEFs. ...
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How to create own filename extension?

I want to have an extension, named .content, to store all files in it that are linked to the filename. The extension ".content" should be recognized by the OS as a file extension rather than a regular ...
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I've wiped my WiFi icons and don't know which file to restore

I've been playing around with theming OS X, and in changing my menu bar icons to be white (to contrast my now-black menu bar) I've overwritten the original icons (and forgot to back them up). Can ...
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Does OS X enforce a maximum filename length or character restriction?

What is the maximum filename character length of files in OS X? Of secondary importance is whether some characters are allowed/disallowed in addition to any overall length restrictions.
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Changing text applied when duplicating file in Finder

When duplicating files in the finder, OS X attaches a space followed by 'copy' to the file name. This can lead to some file alphabetizing problems and the copies may appear out of order (not directly ...
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iTunes storing iOS updates for later

I'm currently downloading the iOS 7 update (7.01), but I'd like to wait a bit before installing it. After it finishes downloading, will it still stay in iTunes until I'm ready to install, or will it ...
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Trying to delete a program that's not open, but says it is?

I've recently become nigh on obsessive with cleaning out extra space on my hard drive, and I'm trying to delete a program called "Rowmote Helper." Whenever I try to delete it, it says it can't be ...
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Does anyone know what the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.npvdata.client is for?

I had a heck of a time with the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.npvdata.client. Looked like it was some kind of cryptographic key file, and when I went to edit it, not only could I not change it, but ...
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How can I cut down on the size of iMovie Library.imovielibrary?

I recently noticed that the file at ~/Movies/iMovie Library.imovielibrary is taking up an awful lot of space: Is there a way to make it smaller? I don't have anything important in iMovie - what ...
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XQuartz, utf-8 and filenames

This is a question in the continuation of this one: UTF8 filenames and shell utilities: the nightmare of utf-8 and filenames is…. How to avoid this confusion with most notably the ls command on ...
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Readdle cross-app integration: Documents and PDF Expert

Documents by Readdle is a useful file manager, image viewer, cloud synchronizer, pdf reader and download manager. PDF-Reading has however only limited annotation support (notes in text and ...
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Garage band app-file recovery?

I dropped my iphone4s in water and when I got a new phone and brought back the GarageBand app none of my songs were there. Is there ANYWAY I can recover these files?
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Change JSON and CSS files to developer kind in All My Files

In All My Files, CSS and JSON files appear in the Documents section, even though I would call them developer files. Is there any way I can change their kind, so that they appear as Developer files?
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Prevent TextEdit from opening for unknown file types that are plain text

TextEdit is used by the system so it can't be removed, but I have another text editor I use and it causes confusion when text files that don't have a suffix or don't have a suffix which I've already ...
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Post a file from pages.app to a Yahoo! group

My wife and I can't figure out how to post a file from the Pages.app on her iPad to a Yahoo! group. From Pages.app, she can email the file to herself, but can't post it to the file sharing section of ...
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/var file buildup

I'm a (semi-new) Mac developer. I've been working on a component to my app that - in order to function properly - needs to download a fairly large file from the internet. I thought this file would be ...
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Monitoring a file in real time

I need a text file monitored in a way that the contents stay updated in a window on my screen - the contents of the text file will keep changing periodically and I want the display to update the ...
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Large File still taking storage after Deleted

I downloaded a file that is more than 20GB, but after deleting the file the space is still taken, and it's not showing in the finder. I'm using a macbook pro with retina display 121GB with bootcamp ...
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Glitch in 'Open with…'

I want to change all media apps to open with VLC. So I right click on one, get info, open with: But now this: And I only have one VLC on my system: ps-MacBook-Air:~ pi$ sudo find / -iname ...
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Is it possible to define template files for the context-menu?

I often have to generate files (for example letters), which should have a certain content at the beginning (e.g. letter head,...). In Many Linux-Distributions there is a folder called ~/Templates - ...
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Share shell script: file permissions question

I'm on Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and recently I've made a small shell script which just shows a message on the screen. To run it, I had run chmod +x test-script.sh and then using sh ./test-script.sh ran ...
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How do I prevent OS X from making “.filename” files?

I'm not sure of the consistency but sometimes OS X makes hidden .filename files where filename is a name of another file in the same directory. I want to know how to disable this since USBs I insert ...
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File browser alternatives with remote connections

I have been linux person for 6 years, now converting to mac world. I am looking for the file browser, which would enable me to: delete files and folders by pressing delete rename files by shortcut ...
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OS X 10.8 hosts file completely ignoring new entries. Help!

I have a hosts file that I've added a couple URLs to a while back and it's been working fine, but any new entries now get completely ignored. I've added these to test it... google.com ...
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Bug in 'file' command on 10.5.8? (Or am I doin' it wrong?)

On my OS X 10.5.8 system, the man page for 'file' says: -h, --no-dereference option causes symlinks not to be followed (on systems that support symbolic links). This is the default if ...
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web sharing on lion - odd behavior

In my Lion local web sharing folder, I noticed that I cannot change any of the files without typing in my password. I also noticed that there's a folder called postgresql there. I don't remember ...
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Open .theme file in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I've done a brilliant stupidity... I have a Jailbroken iPhone and have iFile on that. I wanted to edit a Winterboard theme that I had downloaded, so I fired up iFile's inbuilt Web Server and ...
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Find out what app created a Folder

This is pretty much what it says on the box. For various reasons, I have often wanted to determine the source of a specific folder in /Userfolder/Library/Application Support. One example is that I ...
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How to open a binary .dat file created with python?

I am running OS X Lion 10.7.5. If there is a way to open this type of file please explain how and what software (if any) Ineed to download.
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Dart Source Files Identified as DART Image Files

I recently just started playing with Dart but all my .dart source files are identified as a "DART Disk Image" and have the disk image icon. I can open them in my text editor but quick look will not ...
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How can I recover a non-media file deleted from my iPhone?

I recently restored my iPhone but forgot to back up one of my files. It is not a message, photo, contact, song, video, or so. It is just a data file. All of the tools I have found around through ...
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old JPEGs in iPhoto library have been corrupted at some point: how do I know whether or not this is an ongoing problem?

The Problem My mother recently noticed that a number of the JPEG formated photos in her iPhoto library are corrupted. She is worried that this may be an onging problem, rather than the leftovers of ...
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prevent mac from renaming downloads' extensions

Sometimes I download something, and OS X (or Chrome, not sure) decides that the file extension must be changed. Is it possible to completely disable this feature? How? I guess this is a Google ...
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Change file association outside Finder [duplicate]

I am looking for a way to change file associations outside Finder, i.e. some OS-level, application independent utility or from the command line. Currently, I select a file with that extension in ...
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How to know which files iTunes could not import?

I'm trying to import a large iTunes library from an XML file, but at the end I get a message: Some songs of "example.xml" file were not imported because they were not found However, I know that ...
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Samba OSX file issues

I've recently set up Samba 3.6 on a i7 mac mini running 10.8.4 (via macports - I'm a refugee from OSX Server 2.2.1). I'm reasonably happy with the setup. However there are a few issues I'd like to ...
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What is the limiting factor in /dev/zero speed?

I have installed 4 brand-new SATA hard drives in a mac pro. My OS is running on a fifth drive (SSD). I run this command pv /dev/zero -tpreb | sudo dd of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=512k for many hours to ...
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Sharing and permission

How can I set sharing and permission on Mac os x to be -rwx for all? When I create file or folder it is read and write for me but for all others it is Read only. If there is more files just copied ...
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Index of files to backup

I'm looking for something similar to http://www.indexyourfiles.com/ for the mac. What I want to do is create a backup of my file index which is portable and can be searched through even if you don't ...
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File Sharing Read & Write issue

I just ran into this odd behavior today while transferring files via the file sharing feature in Mac OS X. What happened was most of the files I transferred changed the Read & Write permissions ...
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Forced Time Machine backups take longer than scheduled ones?

Is it true that forced Time Machine backups take longer than scheduled ones? That seems to be the case for me. Especially, if I've moved a large (1 GB or more) file and then immediately force a TM ...
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How to copy file content automatically to another file when saved? [closed]

I’d like to automatically copy the contents of a file file.a to file.a.b whenever file.a is saved by any program. The following is what I tried so far with a LaunchAgent, but it doesn’t work yet. 1. ...
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How to recover a mac / audacity recording on mac?

I have a client who has been recording some audio using audacity on an apple mac. They have lost their work and have asked me if there is anyway to recover the work they have done. I know this is a ...
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Difference between “Plain Text” and “Plain Text Document” in Mountain Lion?

I'm new to Apple and Mountain Lion so please bear with me if this is a obvious question. I have to files with the txt extension which has been created by a small program I've written. The method for ...
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Is it possible to check which application has accessed a file last?

I can check when a file was accessed last with ls -lu path/to/file | awk '{print $6,$7,$8}' but can I also see what application accessed it?
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Make JSON files to have TextMate2 icon

I have all the JSON files on my system set to open with TextMate 2. When I get Info on one of these .js files, I see the TextMate 2 icon on the corner. But, how do I make for the TextMate icon to ...
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Difference between du and Finder file sizes

I was having a look at the size of libBLAS.dylib at some location in my Mac and du showed it's file size as 572K while the allocated file size (showed by Finder) was 1.4MB. I've read that the lack of ...
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Almost all files are locked in my Time Machine backups?

For some reason my files are getting locked in my Time Machine backups. I mean, when you "Get Info" on one of them, the "Locked" box is checked. Folders are NOT locked, though. Is this normal? This ...