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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 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 can I find out what version/fork of fuse is being used on OS X?

I'm trying to debug an encfs-related issue where my filesystem seems to become randomly unmounted or root-read-only. I've gone through a number of reinstalls, but I'm now confused about what ...
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34 views

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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217 views

Disable storage of invisible files “._” on my cfs or smb network storage

I use OS X Mavericks and have some company storage drives mounted (using smb or cfs). (smb://username@address.path.toserver.com/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...
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1answer
368 views

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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22 views

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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1answer
33 views

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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32 views

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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1answer
70 views

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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1answer
215 views

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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1answer
90 views

Files wrongly considered as damaged in encfs volume

I am using encfs @1.7.5 and osxfuse @2.6.4 installed via MacPorts 2.2.1 on my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 which is running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. When opening certain files (e.g. xlsx, pdf) in my ...
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
276 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
39 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
59 views

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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1answer
61 views

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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1answer
269 views

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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0answers
39 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
2k views

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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1answer
98 views

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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1answer
22 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
507 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
99 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
137 views

Can't find backup files on Macintosh HD?

When opening the OS X System information it says I have 67 GB backups: But when I'm using Disk Inventory X to find large files on my Mac i can't find any backups files: I don't know anything ...
2
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1answer
678 views

What is standard for os x filesystem? e.g. /opt/ vs. /usr/

What does and should go into /opt/ and what should/does go into /usr/? My understanding is that /usr/ used to be for user home directories, but since that exists in /Users/ - what is the purpose now? ...
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1answer
61 views

How to browse /usr in an Open File dialog?

I came to the necessity of browsing and picking up a file from /usr while using some programming tools, but I cannot do so because /usr seems to be hidden from Open File dialog. Is there any ...
0
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1answer
35 views

Copying start volume contents with SuperDuper without copying filesystem

I have a MacBook Air with one SSD that unfortunately is formatted as journaled, case-sensitive. I have an external HDD that I copied my whole start volume bootable to with the tool SuperDuper and it ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How to fix “Error: -5341: MediaKit reports partition (map) too small” after upgrading to a larger hard disk?

I recently bought a new SSD drive, as my stored data amounts outgrew the old one a little bit. After copying all data using dd if=/dev/disk0 of=/dev/disk1, I want to enlarge my system partition, but ...
2
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245 views

How to find files by the filename length in OS X 10.9.1?

Need to find files/folders with names longer than n characters (OS X 10.9.1). Could you please help?
2
votes
1answer
50 views

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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votes
2answers
71 views

Is there a Mac app that will open all images within a folder, regardless of the folder depth?

I have a folder full of additional folders, each of which then contains images. The directory looks something like this: folder0 folder1 image1.jpg image2.jpg image3.jpg ...
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votes
3answers
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How to format external drive into ZFS?

I've installed MacZFS, I've read the FAQ and Getting Started section, but I've still troubles to understand how to simply format the external drive into ZFS on OSX. I'm confused with zpools, can ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Automatically move files to a parent folder + delete subfolder

I'm trying to figure out how to automatically move files from a folder to its parent folder and delete the original folder. To illustrate, here's my structure: Parent Folder – Subfolder ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

What Is The Go To Folder Command Within Finder?

I have been told that the Go To Folder option in OS X contain many crucial system files. What exactly is the Go To Folder command within Finder and would it be therefore advantageous to disable it, ...
0
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1answer
112 views

Finder hiding specific file by name

At some time my MBA 10.8 Finder decided (or was it me) to hide certain files from me. Here is the example (I have few other files like it) .. The Water Horse.flv Originally those files are ...
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Pro Tools Express: Virtual Instruments make no Sound when ran by non-administrator account

My experience is much more in the world of Windows, but I'm tasked with support an Apple Computer lab for music students. We have 8 mac minis, running Pro Tools Express. I have installed (as our ...
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2answers
643 views

Options on a Mac for a writable, compressed file system?

I have a SSD drive on my MacBook Pro and I'm constantly running on out of disk space because I need to install and run multiple virtual machines (Linux, Windows etc) on my Mac. Is there a way to mount ...
5
votes
1answer
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File can't be moved by root on OS X

I tried to move a few files to a subfolder on OS X. One refused to move. It said Operation not permitted. I tried again as root: $ sudo mv file subfolder/ mv: rename file to subfolder/file: Operation ...
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4answers
574 views

Shell script to determine the file size in a folder recursively

Can anyone provide me with a shell script that I can run against various folders to see where large files are lurking? Many thanks
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2answers
117 views

Trying to copy files and preserve ownership

First I tried cp -Rp to preserve ownership of copies files. That changed the ownership from root:wheel to myuser:staff. So then I tried rsync and ditto. All of these are supposed to preserve the ...
2
votes
1answer
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Why extracted .app file appears in Finder 3.1 Mb and in bash only 102 bytes?

I extracted atMonitor using Archive Utility and The Unarchiver and in both cases it appears in the Finder as 3.1Mb and in bash only 102 bytes. Strange is that I can execute it and I can look in the ...
0
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1answer
3k views

Mount folder as a volume (OSX)

Is it possible to (auto) 'mount' folders as Volumes? I have a large DAS Volume, 'Data', that contains all my data. To make paths shorter and more future proof, I'd like to have Volumes like ...
3
votes
1answer
224 views

What is the function(s) of the hidden Debug menu in Disk Utility?

What is the function(s) of the Debug menu and why is it hidden by default?
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.afpDeleted* files, who's making them?

When I use ls, I get the following message. ls: .afpDeleted38045157: No such file or directory My svn fails in this directory with svn: E070008: Can't read directory 'current path': Partial ...