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 to play AVI files on MacBook Pro

Using GoPro software, I had imported videos to PC. However when I bought a new macbook pro, I transferred all files onto an external Hard Drive. They are currently in .avi format. I am struggling to ...
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Size in bytes is significantly less ( half the size) then size in MB in get info window

In the get info window it says 387,037,139 bytes which is 387 MB whereas the size on disk is 716.9MB which is 716,900,000 bytes. du -sh paramgen result (in MiB) 684M paramgen Why is there such ...
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Can I open a file in Preview from the Terminal?

I know that I can open a file with an external program from the Terminal with open, and that works for most applications. However, when I try to use a command like open -a Preview info.txt, it ...
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How to restore a removed /bin/sh file?

I have followed a guide online which requested me to run this command: sudo cp /opt/local/bin/node /bin/sh It was a guide for fixing LESS. Instead of fixing it, it only made it worse. I have lost ...
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Is there a Byte-By-Byte Duplicate File Removal app for Mac? (not SHA-1 or MD5 hash!)

I recently switched to Mac and spent way too many hours on PC trying every duplicate removal app, eventually discovering that byte-by-byte checking was necessary to get accurate (safe) results, and ...
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How to force Finder to update file thumbnails?

Recently I updated album covers in most of my mp3s, but their respective thumbnails on Finder did not get updated. Things I tried: Removed (rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist) without ...
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Trying to delete a program that's not open, but says it is? [closed]

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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Space in Volume Name; can you remove?

I have two drives in my machine: An SSD with the OS on it a HDD with all my data. I have a symlink on the SSD for my home directory on the HDD so /Volumes/SSD/Users/Ross/ points to ...
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set custom file extension to open with specified program

I want to have all files with an extension of .fw.png to open in Fireworks (not necessarily .png files though). Is there a way to do this in Terminal?
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Can the Date Created metadata be changed after the fact on OS X?

I have a movie file. It was taken back in October but the date created is from last week. How can I change the date created information in the file?
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Force a file to overwrite instead of appending

I've got an application that won't overwrite a file with the same filename. It will only append the filename with a 'space 1'. If I write a file more than once I get something like this: ...
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Search for files in external storage in Finder (and if possible, Spotlight as well)

I have an external drive connected to my computer, as well as a home server. I'm trying to search for a file that is on the server, but when I do a finder search, it only looks into the internal ...
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Excel Mac - Some txt files can't be opened/imported (“Grayed out”)

A bit of an odd one. I'm using Excel for crunching some data I have in several .txt files. When I'm trying to import them via Data > Get External Data > Import Text File: Like as I've done many ...
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how to do a batch change (shift) of file creation date

OS X Yosemite: I took thousands of pictures on a trip recently, some from my iPhone, and some from my DSLR camera. Now, the iPhone automatically gets its time and date from the local cell towers, ...
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“File” NOT “App”… can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer

got an mp3 via email from a musician friend of mine today. when i try to open it (in any app... itunes, quicktime, vlc, etc), i get this message as if it's a new Application that i just downloaded ...
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How to get file path of user selected .icns file in applescript?

I'm writing an applescript in which I need the POSIX path to an .icns file that the user selects. For some reason though, it refuses to accept .icns as a valid file type. This will work: set Icon to ...
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Why do I have a ~ file in the root of my drive?

I just noticed that I have a 2MB ~ file in the root of my Macbook HD. This wasn't here last time I checked (probably months ago,) and my guess is that it is from a system crash the other day or maybe ...
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“New File” feature for OS X? [duplicate]

back in the day (2006-07), before the Intel Mac days, I used an application called NuFile which let me create a "new file" like Windows on the fly. Ever since i've been searching for alternative but ...
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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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Copy contents of a smart folder to a new folder in Mountain Lion

I admit that my music collection is a royal mess. This is the result of merging many sources of music (external drive, old iPod sync, iTunes purchases, etc) into my iTunes account. iTunes Match has ...
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Remove folder name from file name based on existing Apple Script

so I have this apple script here that I used to insert the folder name into the front of all the files in the folder. The script is able to run through every single folder and target all the files and ...
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Is there any way to get a path to a file in the GUI in Yosemite?

In Mavericks it was simple: click "Get Info" on any file and you could copy/paste the file path. This is no longer included in Yosemite. I need to need to copy/paste paths frequently, like ...
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Find Windows incompatible file / folder names

Is it possible to detect files / folders that are incompatible with Windows in Mac? We are uploading all our files to Dropbox (from Mac) and we have found that folders with names like "< 2014" ...
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OS X: Specifying custom command line invocation of program as application for opening files on double click

I'm primarily a Linux user who recently acquired a MacBook Air and I'm currently desperately trying to find out whether there's an equivalent for Linux's desktop definition files, where you can define ...
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Open files with same extension in different directories with different applications

Say I have mp3 music in directory 'A' which I want to open with iTunes. And I have some more mp3 files in directory 'B' which I want to open with VLC player. How can I set the default 'application' ...
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Automator action to upload a file/folder

Is there an Automator action that can upload a file/folder? Specifically, I want to upload a folder automatically at a set date/time. I know I can create a "Calendar Alarm" action that'll trigger ...
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Is it safe to delete dSYM files on Mac OS X?

I've got a few large dSYM files on my machine, installed by the Qt Framework. As I understand they are used for debugging, however I don't actually need to debug the library itself. Is it safe to ...
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Find original filename after Data Rescue recovery

Recently, I lost 1,7TB on videofiles on my external hard drive. A terrible loss since it took me many evenings categorising all this data. With a deep-scan with DataRescue 3, I was able to recover ...
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Difference between saving and exporting

I have read several questions (here and elsewhere) that look for applications that can save in a format instead of export in a format. What is the difference between saving in a format, and exporting ...
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What application is using a particular file?

I have some FileMaker databases being served for dev purposes and I keep bumping into occurrences where the database/file is locked and I can't make changes to it. How can I determine what ...
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Teach Safari to ignore case if necessary when opening local html file

I'm using Safari to read the HTML documentation that came with something. Many of the .html files contain links to others amongst themselves where the case of the URL does not match the name of the ...
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Why do file transfers take a long time to stop?

I encounter this problem a lot, and I've also had it on Windows. It doesn't matter if it's over a network, or locally on a hard drive, but file transfers never stop when I click the stop button. They ...
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Hide file types in finder search

Does anyone know how to hide certain file types from finder and spotlight search? I get all these files that I need on my computer but I will never use. I would like to hide them to make my searches ...
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get link to iCloud file from finder without having to go to iCloud website?

Is it possible to get a remote link to a file via finder? I want to be able to share my screenshots really quickly which are now saved to an iCloud folder. Thanks, D.
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OSX Server 10.9 File Sharing - not working properly

I have a 10.9 server with file sharing enabled. One of the users decided to change the permissions on the folder and was doing some "spring cleaning" now all of my shares are not visible from the ...
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How do I copy files off a failed system partition without encountering permissions problems?

So I'm about to copy files off a system partition, and I'm afraid I'll have problems with permissions. A bit of background - OS X won't boot (looping progress bar) and Mavericks Recovery's Disk ...
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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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Double-clicking file from Finder does not open it in application [closed]

I have installed an application that is associated with a particular file type. When I double click a file of that type in Finder, the application starts, but does not open the file that was clicked. ...
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Repeated applications under Open With Menu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my Mac’s list of “Open with” applications start listing the apps twice and sometimes three times? When I right-click on a file and select Open With option, I ...
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What determines a local file's MIME type?

When a local file is opened in Safari or -- more important to my situation -- a custom application that uses a WebView for display, what decides on the MIME type to associate with the resulting file ...
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Force simple UNIX path names for optimal us of command line apps?

I want to force myself to use folder/file names without spaces etc. so I'm 100% certain I can open and run them from the command line. Some terminal apps which I use frequently hava a hard time ...
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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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AppleScript for moving completed downloads to other folders

I'm looking to write a script that will move all file in the downloads folder (once fully downloaded) to different folders on the hard drive and external hard drive. Where can I learn more about how ...
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Hiding emacs backup files in Finder

I would like to find a way to hide all the *~ files in Finder, which are used as backup files by Emacs. Is there a general approach to make Finder hide all the files with their names matching certain ...
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How to change all dates on file and preserve them during file move?

I would like to change all dates on a file [all four reported by stat command]. I cannot find a way to change the "inode last changed" date. I've tried: touch -t SetFile -d SetFile -m but this ...
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How can I edit a file without altering its modif date?

How can I edit a file without altering its modification date ? In command line. Is vi able to that ?
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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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Automatically deleting files that contain a specific content

I would like to make use of the command that looks for a specific phrase in a file: grep -lr "text to find" * provided here and delete all of the found files. How can I generate the relevant ...
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Applescript Move current file to Folder

I want to create a script that takes the current file selection and moves it to an already existing folder. I will then duplicate this code for 9 other folders and assign them all keyboard shortcuts. ...
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How to open a file as plain text in TextEdit?

I have a *.rtf file which I want to open as plain text. How can I do this?