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Encfs volume randomly unmounts

I have an encfs volume that used to be mounted continuously without any issues. Some months ago, the volume started occasionally become unmounted - even if there were open files on it! This ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Convert absolute symlinks to relative ones?

I've seen plenty of threads on the Internet about doing the opposite, but what I want to do is, given a folder: /Lib/Foo/Bar.framework/Versions/1.5 And a symlink to it: ...
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php tmpfile() - Could not create temporary files

I'm using a local PHP server, and when I try to create a temporary file, I get this message: $temp_file = tmpfile(); Could not create temporary files for attachments. Your tmp directory may be ...
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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 ...
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Something like MHDDFS for OS X?

I'm trying to have my Mac Mini take over all my server's functions (I'm recycling the server hardware into a Linux workstation). Its pretty much all done, except for the file-serving portions. ...
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Using NTFS External drive

I'm new to MAC OS. Using MacOSX 10.9.1 (Mavericks). My external HDD is formatted with NTFS. I need some rock-solid, free solution for reading and writing to this HDD. Any suggestions?
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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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Why doesnt /proc exist in MacOS?

What is the reason that /proc does not exist in MacOS. I was curious to find file descriptors that a process was using in my Mac. The way I do it in linux is to go in /proc/fd folder of that process. ...
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How to find the real path of a file

I am trying to access a file on my MacBook Pro via a web app running on Tomcat in Eclipse (localhost). Whenever I try to access the file I receive the following IO Exception: Exception: ...
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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 ...
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How can I access an expanded directory listing when saving a new document?

When I save a new document, I can only choose the default save location or recently used locations, but sometimes I want to save in an existing directory I haven't visited recently. How can I expand ...
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Cannot edit /etc/fstab to let NTFS drives write

I have Mac Os X 10.9 Mavericks. I want to write to NTFS drives. I followed the instructions here. The following command was not allowed to run: $ sudo echo "UUID=7575C85E-F6F7-4ABD-B7FB-6180B795DD81 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...