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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OSX Hierarchy questions and organization

I've done extensive searching on these questions and have even come across others, however, they do not answer any of my questions. What are ~/Library and /Library for respectively? I can see they ...
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Set file metadata attribute values

I'm trying to set the values of some file metadata attributes in OS X Yosemite - kMDItemDateAdded and kMDItemLastUsedDate - the values of which can be shown using mdls <filename>. I'm trying to ...
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Documents app hangs on file browser. How to export it's files w/o jailbreak?

I used Documents app by Readdle, but now when I open it, it shows me the last document I was reading. When I try to switch back to file browser, it hangs, and I can't press anything. The question is ...
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How to write fstab rules for an NTFS volume if the volume has no LABEL or UUID?

Basically, I was following this tutorial to enable writing to an NTFS Volume (which works when the Volume has a LABEL or UUID). I have an external USB drive with an NTFS volume that doesn't seem to ...
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Is enabling rw in /etc/fstab for an NTFS volume risky?

I've followed this tutorial: http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-how-to-write-to-ntfs-drives-in-os-x-mavericks--cms-21434 I'm not familiar with Mac OS X's NTFS support, having used ...
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GPT looks valid. Diskutil sees empty disk

External 3 TB disk. Stopped working after a power bump. GPT reports as follows: bash-3.2# gpt show /dev/disk6 start size index contents 0 1 PMBR ...
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Uninstall Google Chrome won't work

I'm in a root Finder and trying to delete Google Chrome.app in another user's folder. I get the error message The item “Google Chrome” can’t be moved to the Trash because some of its plugins are ...
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When did the colon character : become an allowed character in the filesystem?

Just noticed it works on Maverick.. the colon character : is valid for file and directory names (I accidentally entered it for a filename in Atom). Can't find any reference to it becoming valid ...
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Why can I not create a directory on my external hard-drive?

When I try to make a new directory on my external hard-drive I get a message saying that it is a "Read-only file system" LU06296APPLE:~ fortinok$ mkdir /Volumes/Seagate\ Backup\ Plus\ ...
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Optimize filesystem for speed over integrity

On Linux, I use the noatime,nodiratime,nobarrier,data=writeback mount optioins in /etc/fstab to trade filesystem safety/consistency/integrity for speed which makes sense for local development. Is ...
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Cross-Platform File System file sharing between MAC, WINDOWS, LINUX?

I've a laptop with triple boot, Yosemite, Windows 8.1, CentOS 7, and need a partition for sharing files between the 3 os's, i've been using exFAT, as it is supported by OSX & Windows but had some ...
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How can I monitor an installer as it modifies the filesystem on Yosemite?

fseventer does not support Yosemite until further notice and the suggestions here don't work for me so how can I monitor an installer as it writes files to the file system? I also tried Sloth but it ...
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OSXFUSE, BindFS and HFS+ extended file attributes

I use BindFS with OSXFUSE to mount some folders on an external drive on mount points within my user home folder. This is a sample line from my fstab: /Volumes/Content/Pictures ...
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File in /.Spotlight-V100 on bad block

So I have a file /.Spotlight-V100/Store-V2/9ED490D0-6169-4B28-A1B6-46E34ABD0CD1/5.indexPositions which when read causes an IO error disk1: I/O error. 0 [Level 3] [Facility ...
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fsck not working to fix corrupted external drive

I am using an early 2011 MacBook Pro with the Mavericks OS. I've researched a similar issue on an internal drive but As far as I know, being in Single User mode won't help my situation. One of my ...
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Document editing on the ipad

It is not clear to me how the file system in iOS 8 works. Consider e.g. the Dropbox app, when I open a document in another app, what happens? It looks to me as: copy of the file is created file ...
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Why 2 same files have different size on NTFS?

I have 2 same files residing on an NTFS filesystem: Romans-MacBook-Pro:cut poma$ md5 src.mov MD5 (src.mov) = 7d59d01e5efffe3a258eff86d8b775a0 Romans-MacBook-Pro:cut poma$ md5 copy.mov MD5 ...
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How to get file metadata?

How to get extensive filesystem information about a file? I have a file that consistently causes errors in my backup utility (Unison). I'm trying to narrow down a bug and find out how it is different ...
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How to deal with whitespaces in OS X along filepaths when certain UNIX programs dislike it

I am trying to include a command in a TeX file to a bibliography file that I am storing centrally. However, when including the filepath, like /Foldername with whitespace/ANOTHER folder name with ...
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What does a hard link do?

This has been mentioned in this question here: What's the difference between alias and link? But I am not even sure what I am looking for. I wish to create a hard link of the type where if a ...
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How to run OS X on ext4?

I'd like to install OS X on an ext4 filesystem, not hfs. How can this be done? I've looked at the Apple site, but, of course, it won't say anything about that.
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Directory in my mac filesystem has sub directories with greater size than parent directory

I have some weirdness on my mac's filesystem nowadays. I have a dir in my home dev to store my programs and git repos. Size of the dev is 630 MB. Size of the dev/todos is 637 MB and there a re some ...
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Using SSHFS with launchd

I have a Raspberry Pi I want to automount on my Desktop (Yosemite 10.10.1). I've installed OSXFuse (with the MacFuse option) and SSHFS both from https://osxfuse.github.io/. I'm using the password ...
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Trying to mount mhddfs / osxfuse via fstab

I'm trying to create a virtual drive pool using osxFuse and mhddfs. I'm on OSX 10.9.5. I've tried osxFuse v2.7.3 installed via the package installer. I've also tried the homebrew cask install method. ...
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How do I set a localized name for a folder?

I want to give a folder a localized name. In one of Apple's articles, I found out that the ".localized" file (e.g., in ~/Downloads) is responsible for indicating this, but all of the .localized files ...
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What are directories /Volumes/Untitled* (Yosemite)?

I've just started using a new MacBook Pro, which has Mac OS X 10.10.1 "Yosemite" pre-installed. I was surprised to find paths like /Volumes/Untitled in my /Volumes directory. % ls -ld /Volumes/Untit* ...
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RAM Disk Fusion Drive?

I've recently started reading up on RAM disks, and they really do sound like they could boost a computer's speed. However, I was wondering if there was a way to go even further and make a RAM disk one ...
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How do I convert from Case-Insensitive to case-sensitive in 10.8

I just got a new (well refurbished) MacBook Pro running 10.8.3. I am a programmer, so I have need of a case-sensitive filesystem. It is fresh and I am reluctant to upgrade it or do much with it until ...
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Format External Disk in FAT, NOT FAT32

I have an external device which mounts as an external drive and which I must format in FAT, not FAT32, for use elsewhere. Is there a way to do that from Snow Leopard?
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What characters might be used to substitute for colon in folder names using a time-of-day?

It is often convenient to name files and folders with a date and time, such as standard ISO 8601 format: 2014-12-10T22:35:28.460Z. Unfortunately, the Mac’s HFS+ file system uses the COLON as a path ...
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How can I add “.mp4” to the end of multiple files in a folder?

I just received a bunch of videos (for editing) and something weird happened. I was told the files are .mp4, but when I received them they did not have a filetype assigned to them. I can add ...
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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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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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Altering screenshot filename

When taking a screenshot using the keyboard shortcut shift+command+3 it yields a screenshot with a filename of Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 3.25.36 PM.png. I would like to make a change so that the ...
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Allow read-write access to subdirectory in first local account to second local account

I have two accounts (one for work, the other for private stuff) on a Mac, which is running OS X Yosemite. I would like to share a directory, say ~work/Documents/SomeDirectory/SomeSubDirectory/, such ...
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How to get my files of a Windows-formatted HDD?

I have a very new MacBook Pro. I have an old Windows laptop that died. However I suspect the hard disk is fine. I also have an external HDD that I had used as a backup for that machine (although I ...
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What folders does the “all my files” finder view pull from?

A relative of mine managed to delete all of the files under "All my files." I am restoring from a recent time machine backup, but am trying to figure out which folders need to be restored. So far I ...
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calling open from terminal with smb file path and preview as application opens finder instead of preview

I am trying to open a file on an smb share in preview from terminal. The following command opens the containing folder in finder instead of the file in preview. open -a /Applications/Preview.app ...
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Correct Filesystem Setup?

Recently I did a fresh install of OSX Yosemite on my Macbook Pro. I followed these instructions to create a USB install drive, and I then used the Disk Utility app from that booted USB drive to erase ...
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Where are system UI image files stored?

On OS X Yosemite, where are the image files for system UI elements such as buttons, sliders, menus, traffic lights, etc. stored?
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Open resource from inside the bundle using c++ / qt

I have a Qt app set as a bundle, and it requires a resources database. If I place it inside the bundle, how do I open it ? The app was created in Windows, and in Windows and Linux, I can use the path ...
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Copy and move with Ultracopier without doing it through tray icon [duplicate]

So when you start Ultracopier this warning message shows up. The replacement of default copy/move system is not supported and blocked by finder of Mac OS X. You need do the copy/move manually by ...
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Why is my USB drive suddenly read-only and how can I make it read-write again?

I have a 1 TB USB drive. I've been using it for months. My main iTunes library is on it. As of yesterday, for no apparent reason, it has become read only. I can't open iTunes. I also tried ...
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Can't open files after changing username

I use OS X Mavericks 10.9.4. I changed my username and this may have caused that I am not able to open any files. I still can see my PDFs and photos in Preview! I get this: File XYZ couldn’t be ...
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Multiple Application Folders Priority?

How are Application folders treated or considered on multiple volumes of OS X? Are they treated and indexed with equal priority as the root /Applications? I my case I am considering putting the bulk ...
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Devices folder in Finder?

Is there anyway that I can view the /dev folder with its contained pseudo-files inside of Finder? I can access it just fine in the terminal with cd /dev, but in Finder it doesn't show up even with ...
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How to automount UDF partition with strange partition ID

I have two partitions on my usb hdd: #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1: AF 1023 254 63 - 1023 ...
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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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Where file revisions are stored on OS X?

Most Apple applications in newer OS X versions, like OS X 10.9, automatically save all changes to all files and documents without your approval, and file versions and revisions are automatically ...
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Is there a way to find out when a USB flash drive has been last used (on any computer)?

I have a USB flash drive and I believed someone else may have plugged it in their computer and copied some files. Using my Mac, how do I know when was the last time my usb flash drive was plugged ...