The system used to format and organize files on a disk. This includes directory structure, permissions management, metadata, and more. The current default file system for the Mac OS is HFS+

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How should I reconcile dot-underscore files after a manual backup?

I recently had to (hurriedly) back up data on an older Macbook before migrating it to a new one. Since all I had at my disposal was a large FAT32 formatted drive, I used that and a manual copy. I've ...
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Reason for root `/private` heirarchy [duplicate]

What is the reason for the /private directory structure located at the root of an OSX system volume? Why are /etc, /tmp, and /var symlinks to subdirectories of /private? NOTE While writing my ...
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How can I overwrite a file or prevent 'copy' from being appended?

When I copy/paste a file into a folder where a file with the same name exists, instead of replacing, it changes the filename to 'file Copy'. Is there a way to copy/replace similar to windows or ...
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how to not show two version app when open file in mac osx?

I copy OSX system with another SSD, and when want open file, you can see following, that means I can open file with the application in deprecated osx, but I want keep osx for restore oneday. how not ...
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How to change ISO volume label on OS X?

I have some ISO files here with weird volume labels. I want to rename them to something I can easily remember. I know in Windows using either winiso or poweriso (both are non-free?) it can be done ...
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Unable to determine the Mac OS X version on the targeted disk (-69831)

I recently moved my home folder to another internal HDD on my MacbookPro (early 2011 OSX 10.9.4). I'm having an issue where in-app file dialogs cannot display my new home directory or its contents. I ...
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How to download embroidery design files to iPad

When I try to download embroidery design files from a website to iPad, the download fails. I would like to know if there's a way we can force Safari (or Google Chrome) to save such files (formats such ...
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What is an alternative to a BAT file on Mac?

What is the alternate for BAT file (Windows) on Mac? Does different version of OS X have different format of BAT files? I am trying to create a BAT file on Mac which normally changes directory while ...
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Change file kind / kMDItemContentType

I have two text files with no extension and made them executable. Both are set to open with Terminal app. However one file is shown as kind "Text" and the other one as "executeable unix file". if I ...
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Automator service to extract file and delete parent

I am trying to create an automator service to take the selected folders in Finder and search each of them for movie files, move those movie files to a certain directory and then move the original ...
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SD Card: Read-Only file system

A follow up to my earlier question about the Mavericks installation from an SD Card. I am running this in Terminal: mv Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 2/System/Installation The response is: ...
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How to save only the “configuration” of an iPod for later restore?

My iPod Classic 160GB is formatted "Windows" (presumably FAT32). I want to "Macintosh" format it (hfs+). Is there a way to save only the "configuration" of said iPod so I can more-easily restore it ...
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How to resize the file system of a linaro img

I am following the instructions here to setup an ARM VM for the Open Security training "Intro to ARM". How to set up an ARM VM for Open Security Training's "Intro to ARM" course In the instructions ...
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Resource is busy, but lsof doesn't think so

Occasionally, I get file (typically after they are edited by Microsoft Word) that I can not delete: > rm -rf foo.docx rm: M_AI_SO.docx: Resource busy However, lsof doesn't report anything, even ...
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Where does Screensaver store images?

I have only used iPhoto a couple of times by accident (preferring one of the many alternatives). Each time, I carefully removed those images from iPhoto to the iPhoto trashcan and then emptied the ...
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Shell scripting: Select folder based on part of file name

My project I'm creating a bash shell script to execute from the Terminal. Its purpose is to archive lots and lots of project folders. Each folder follows a prescribed nomenclature: [YYYY.MM.DD] - ...
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some file system operations very slow, ssd

(macbook air 2012, noticed before I upgraded to mavericks) on my SSD, newly downloaded files or newly created folders take a very long time to be moved, viewed, or examined. I have 1/5th of the free ...
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How to forcibly unload kernel extension

I am using Paragon NTFS to mount an external USB hard disk formatted in NTFS. Occasionally the NTFS kernel extension will hang, especially after writing a lot of data. Running $ umount ...
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Can someone describe the purpose of OSX root level folders in laymen's terms?

Simple and concise documentation on the OSX folder hierarchy is sparse. I'm looking for a simple description of each - what are the functions of each? /private /var /usr /tmp /etc /bin /sbin ...
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Is it safe to delete heapdump.hprof.old?

I'm on a mac book air running OS X 10.9.2. I want to free up space. I see that a file called headdump.hprof.old is occupying a lot of space. Is it safe to delete it? What does it do?
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need suggestion, Common file system between MAC OS Mavericks and Windows 7

I have Mavericks on one HDD and Windows7 x64 on another HDD in same machine. Windows can't even see MAC partitions while MAC gains READ ONLY access to NTFS partition. I want a robust and common file ...
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how to move and merge folders in OSX Mavericks?

I have 2 subfolders (which in itself contains many subfolders) in my main folder. e.g. main folder == subfolder1 ==== folder1 ==== folder2 == subfolder2 ==== folder1 ==== folder3 ==== folder4 some ...
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Where is the text expansion file located with OS X?

I'd like to give a colleague all of my text expansions without her having to re-enter them on her Mac. I was hoping to locate the file, then simply send her a copy to replace her own. (She doesn't use ...
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how to change NFS share name as displayed in OSX without reconfiguring NFS server?

I am mounting an NFS share named "storage" from my-host-here1.com. I also want to mount another NFS share named "storage" from my-host-here2.com. I just want to know how can I change the share name ...
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Is it possible to access the raw audio files in the IOS itunes library from an app?

I have been looking into weather IOS developers have the ability to access the raw media files from the itunes library. I know you can 'query' a song and then pass that song to the media player, but I ...
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how to change “kind” of files in OSX mavericks?

I have assigned Text Wrangler as the default app for all my .srt files (right click on one of the files -> get info -> open with Text Wrangler -> change all). My confusion is that even though I have ...
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Diff between current filesystem and a vanilla installation of OSX

I'd like to see what files have changed on my system to investigate making an automated deployment script out of them. Obviously the entirety of my home folder isn't a part of the "fresh" filesystem, ...
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Changing 10.6.8 from mounting ext4 as read-only to read-write with OSXFUSE & fuse-ext - in fstab?

So I have OSXFUSE & fuse-ext installed (as in link: How can I mount an ext4 file system on OS X?), but after searching on these two device's websites, Stack Exchange, googling, etc. I cannot find ...
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Why doesn't Apple ship and support FOSS drivers for NTFS write capabilities?

Is there a reason Apple does not allow for NTFS write support, even when Linux (free, open source) solutions can? Why don't they just utilize those existing solutions to support read and write for ...
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How are paths to files and folders constructed in OS X?

I need to indicate a right file path to read a .csv file into R on OS X, but how can I find where the file is stored? Looking at Excel files, the file path starts at users/…, but there is no ...
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How to fix error code -43 (copying files to my samba shares)?

When I copy some files/apps to my samba shares (1 running FreeBSD and the other is running Debian Linux), I get an error code -43. this is the text of the error message operation cannot be ...
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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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iPhoto Library no longer appears as a file [duplicate]

I copied my iPhoto Library to a PC, then back to my Mac. Now it appears as a folder rather than a file. How can I restore it back to its original settings? It seems like all the contents are still in ...
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How does Mac OS keep track of moved files?

An application I was using had a .dockset file stored in my home directory. I moved this file, and the application automatically updated the location of the file. I notice a similar effect when moving ...
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Is it safe to lock my startup disk?

A mysterious file keeps appearing on my startup disk. It's most likely a typo in a script or something, but even though it's being created with my user account as the owner, that hasn't helped me ...
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Where in the file system are iPhoto pictures located?

I have a friend who's hard drive died on their Mac Mini. I have removed the hard drive and placed it in external drive enclosure. I have a trick that may give me 5-10 good minutes with the drive ...
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Why is 'xattr' not working?

When I attempt to execute xattr in Terminal, I get Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/xattr-2.7", line 33, in <module> import xattr ImportError: No module named xattr ...
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What is the technical reason why OS X can't write to NTFS devices?

Mac OS X can't write to a hard drive with the NTFS format. It can, however, read it. Why can't it write to it? My basic understanding is that a file format dictates how is data stored and retrieved ...
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Is there a way to turn off file system sandbox prompts for a specific app?

I have a Mac App Store app that needs to access various directories outside of the sandbox. To do so, it frequently prompts for permission. I fully trust this app, is there a way to grant it blanket ...
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What is iLifeAssetManagement, and can I delete it?

I have 5 GB of stuff in ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement and I'd like the space back. What is this stuff and how can I reduce its footprint?
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Why is permission denied on this folder?

I'm trying to understand why I do not have access to a sub-folder in my "Downloads" folder. The folder in question has the following rights: drw-r--r-- 29 laurent staff 986B Feb 20 14:06 Example ...
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Why does the file size change when you change the “open with” option in Get Info?

Create a plain text file with the string ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. Check the file size. It is 26 bytes, as expected. Go to Get Info, and find the pane labeled "Open with..." It says "TextEdit" by ...
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View Mac app files like iOS apps using iFunBox

I have some apps installed on my iMac and would want to view the contents of the app using iFunBox. I am having great difficulty doing so. I can view the contents of apps on my iPhone using iFunBox ...
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Where is “All My Files” folder?

I used to think "All My Files" is not a real folder but it turns out otherwise. I accidentally moved some of my files into "All My Files" folder and now they are disappeared! How can I locate "All My ...
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/Volumes directory gone missing. Scared to reboot. Mystified

Somehow my /Volumes directory has gone missing. Fooling around with fuse, trying to mount my iPad's filesystem, I typed sudo ifuse /Volumes/ and lo, my /Volumes directory is gone. cd /Volumes returns ...
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Automatically categorize downloads?

Usually, when I download something, I need to take a template action on it, depending on the file type. Mp3 files get imported to iTunes, wav and rex files to the sample folders, zips get unzipped ...
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AppleScript shows “Document could not be opened. You don’t have permission.” but file can be opened?

I am getting a "The document [filename] could not be opened. You don't have permission" when attempting to access several files in an AppleScript. However, I can open these files manually without ...
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Where are file permissions stored, when itunes backs up an ios system?

One of my ios backups seems to restore file permissions incorrectly (one of the files is restored as read only, or maybe under an incorrect user name). Is there an easy way for me to fix this? Where ...
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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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Intro to OSX System directory conventions

I'm using macs since 8 years now and have a computer science background. I know, that when installing software, OSX is not as nasty as windows. Meaning, instead of dealing with dll libraries and stuff ...