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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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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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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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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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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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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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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File sharing between Mavericks and non-Macs

I am using a MacBook running Mavericks and my brother is on a Linux box; and we often need to exchange files between each other. Both the laptops are Wi-Fi enabled and I also understand that Mac does ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Copy new files only - is this possible? Basically want to merge two folders

I have a folder on Drive 1 called Music, and it is 100GB. I have a folder on Drive 2 called Music, and it is 116GB. It's the most updated version. How do I copy the Music folder from Drive 2 to Drive ...
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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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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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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?
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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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How to backup Console logs?

I'd like to make backup of some specific console logs. How do I find the location of a specific Console log file on my Mac to copy as back up?
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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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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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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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Is there a config file stores the system shortcuts? [duplicate]

We can change shortcuts in System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts. And many preferences has its associated file. So I wonder if there is any file related to the shortcuts. Then I can use version ...
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File permission problems after migration to iMac

I used the migration assistant to transfer files from my MacBook Pro (2011) to my iMac. Both computers run Mavericks. Now I'm not allowed to modify files which originate from my 'old' computer because ...
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Force OS X to open .tex files with TexShop

I would like the .tex files to be opened using TexShop by default. So, I am trying to change the default behaviour by clicking right mouse button --> Open with --> checking always open with and ...
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OS-X: How to copy files according to their file types from an external hard drive onto an OS-X computer?

I have a lot of files (music, pictures, documents) on an external hard drive that I want to copy into the respective folders on OS-X. I would like to automate the copying process and put all .bmp, ...
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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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FileMerge for comparing pdf files

Is it possible to use FileMerge to compare pdf files. I found a post that describes the process, but after following every step I just can't seem to be able to compare two simple pdf files. The ...
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How can I open/use a .ZFS file in OS X?

I've got a .zfs file that holds mapping files. I want to know if I could open it up or use it on OS X. I need to get into it to change the maps.
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AppleScript editor cannot save .scpt file

I've created a simple AppleScript .scpt file, using TextEdit. If I now open it with AppleScript editor, I can run it. But when I try to modify and save it, I get the following error: It's ...
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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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Free app to detect & delete duplicate files from my Mac

I am just wondering is there any way to find duplicate files on my Mac? For example: when I download something from bittorrent, some unnecessary files also download along with the main file with ...
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Mass remove character from file names and folder names

We have created a lot folders and files that contains the "<" character. Is it possible to mass-remove these characters?
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OSX: move to archive (compress a folder and remove it)

I'm looking for a way to zip (or 7z) files via a file manager in such a way that the original folder is deleted right after the zipping finished (less clutter when batching compression of multiple ...
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Adding suffixes to file names according to previous suffixes

I have a folder containing files like ABC - 2001 DEF EFG - 2001-2002 HIJ KLM - 2003 NOP QRS - 2004 I want to add the year to all file names that currently have no year suffix. The suffix should ...