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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Which folders store information about applications

Which folders store information about third party applications? Suppose, that I install application. Which folders it could use to store information about itself? I know about ~/Library/Application ...
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Schedule regular filesystem verification

I recently had a baffling several days troubleshooting some odd network problems, which was eventually narrowed down to my MacBook's Wifi adapter and then finally fixed by performing a disk repair to ...
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What are the differences or similarities of using a journaling file system and Time Machine backups?

I want to know if using Mac OS Extended Journaled is the right choice for a MacBook Pro that would only be connected with the external hard drive at night. It does not make sense to me to have it ...
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Apps Filesharing - iTunes - Windows 7 - <file> could not be copied because its name is too long

I am an app developer and I am trying to help a customer move a file from their iPhone in Document sharing. They take the following steps: But receive the following error: (<file> could ...
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Undeletable directory with several subdirectories

I have noticed a folder on / called "Previous System". After checking that it did not have anything I need, I moved it to the trash. However, when emptying the trash, I get a "file in use" error. ...
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Mount Ext4 on El Capitan

I recently installed OS X 10.11 on my Mac. I tried to read a SD card with an Ext4 partition which wasn't even shown in Disk Utility, although diskutil did show it as a Linux partition. I can't seem ...
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What determines Last Opened timestamp on a file

I have files in Finder sorted by Last Opened. Most files seem to be sorted by when they were opened, but not all of them, and some being years behind. Why? For example... If I open an image with ...
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What happens if I edit a duplicate Hosts file?

What exactly is a duplicate file? When I wanted to edit the hosts file (/private/etc/hosts), it says: You don't own the file "hosts" and don’t have permission to write to it. You can ...
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Ext2 utility “e2cp” alternative for OS X

In my linux machines, I use the command line utility e2cp to copy files from and to ext2 disk images. Unfortunately, OS X does not provide any ext2fs utility out of the box. Is there a version of e2cp ...
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What does file locking do, these days?

I'm publishing some files on Dropbox, sharing drafts for public review. Once I get to the final official revision, I'd like to lock it to avoid inadvertent changes. I'm using Pages to write and ...
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Can't login until I do 'mount -uw /' in single user mode (MPB, Yosemite)

When I start my MBP with Yosemite it runs a bit slow, then I see login screen only with the 'Others...' user and two inputs fields: login and password. When I try to enter my user login/password it ...
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How to add a confirmation dialog when deleting any item in finder

Hi would like to add a "Are you sure?" prompt when deleting an item (file, folder) from the finder (like the one when emptying the trash...). Can this be enabled?
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What character is this possessive apostrophe: ’

In a recent answer I needed to include a a possessive apostrophe in a path name within Time Machine for a command line operation. I have it saved in a text file, but what the heck is it? I don't see ...
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File modify date is not updated in Finder file properties

I have a video capture of a strange behavior: File prior to editing: Edited at 5:15PM using TextEdit In Finder I see the file with strange rename, and Modified date value is not updated, nor does ...
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Loading Any USB Flash Drive onto an iOS Device

I have a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive with 32 GB storage on it, and would like to view its contents on my iPhone. I have seen flash drives that are made particularly for iOS devices and have ...
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Partially copy a folder, preserving the invisible system files contained, but only some of the remaining content

I am looking for a way to copy a folder, with all the invisible and system files it contains in its "first level", but only some of the other visible, "normal" folders it contains? This is related to ...
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Is there a way to determine what application/process is supposedly using a file/folder?

There is a stubborn folder in my trash bin that apparently cannot be deleted because "something is using it". I know how to force empty the trash bin, but rather than doing it, I'd like to know ...
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How to move files to pendrive (NTFS/FAT)?

I'm using Macbook (Yosemite) as my main computer right now, I'm downloading a lot of movies and whatnot from the internet on my Mac and I want to move them to my pendrive so I will be able to watch ...
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Google Play Books app storage location for purchased books on iPad

I have purchased a book via the Google Play store but unfortunately they will not provide an ePub or pdf for offline reading for my reader of choice, the only option being to use the Play Books app on ...
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Putting files outside the user/home folder

Can I put my folders outside the user folder (e.g. on the root of Mac HD), such as personal folder or work folder, where I have many files? The reason I want to do it is that OS X may have performance ...
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How to stop TextWrangler changing the text file icon?

I use a several text editors, but every time I save with TextWrangler it changes the file's icon in Finder to a TextWrangler icon with the following extended attributes; com.apple.FinderInfo com....
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How to change all dates on file and preserve them during file move?

I would like to change all dates on a file [all four reported by stat command]. I cannot find a way to change the "inode last changed" date. I've tried: touch -t SetFile -d SetFile -m but this ...
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Recovering Files from SD Card

I accidently moved my iMac with the SD card inserted and the card got bent, it cannot be read anymore. Not sure if it can be recovered. I was wondering if somehow the files are stored on the HD. I did ...
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Resizing system partition

When I installed OSX Mavericks, I left free space after my system partition in case I wanted to install a second OS there. This has proved unnecessary — I've never modified the partition table — and ...
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How many partitions should I make and what formatting schemes should be used on those partitions?

I am thinking of buying a 2 TB WD My Passport Ultra External Hard drive and I'll be using it with both OS X and Windows. I am planning to use this drive for my Time Machine data backup after creating ...
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Search for .bashrc or other dotfiles in Finder

When I search for files in my home folder that have a filename equal to ".bash_history", I don't get any results, even though that file is there. How can I search for dotfiles in Finder? (I know how ...
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Suggestions for copying iTunes songs and playlists to SDCARD/player and cleaning up the “name mess”?

This might be a bit of an odd one. I have a collection on songs in iTunes and I'd like to copy it to an SDCARD to play it on my car's radio, together with the playlists I have to listen to the music ...
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If iOS's filesystem is case-sensitive then why can't I save a.pages and A.pages?

When I try to save document in Pages.app on iOS with the same name but a different case I get: "a" is already taken. Please choose a different name. I would expect that this would work if iOS is ...
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Are finder tags case-sensitive?

OS X Mavericks introduced file tagging to Finder and the filesystem. Are these tags case-senstive? For example, could I have an Apple and apple tag?
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fs_usage returns a LOT of ioctl lines

I've been reading up on interesting Terminal commands (I've used it forever, but there's always more to learn) when I ran across this. I ran sudo fs_usage and got a whole lot of this: ... 13:39:09 ...
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Empty .MOV file, stuck on iPhone

After using Image Capture to copy all my photos and movies from my iPhone to my Mac, and deleting from the iPhone, I find I have one stubborn remaining file listed in Image Capture. It has a usual ...
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iPhone: Is it possible to rename the extension of a file?

I have an iPhone 5. I am new to this world. Example file: MyFile.zip.jpg ... must be renamed to: MyFile.zip ... or, if not possible or feasible, this file : MyFile.jpg ... must be renamed ...
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How to change a directory name?

My home directory was not where it was supposed to be. I was able to fix the directory location. Then needed to fix the permission of home directory with $ cd /Users/ $ sudo chown -R hook1:staff /...
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Moving exclusively to tags to manage files in OS X

Has anyone using OS X abandoned folders completely and moved exclusively to using tags? If so, has this been successful (a better way to manage files)? What are the pros and cons? What advice would ...
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How to remove '/home' directory?

OS X 10.9.5. I have a /home directory in my filesystem. I want to remove it and create a symlink named /home pointing to /Users to make symlinks from GNU/Linux usable. But I cannot remove /home ...
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Finding the directory an application uses for temporary files

Is there procedure or tool that can be used to find the directory in which an application stores its temporary files? My cloud backup service reports how many files remain to be backed up. This ...
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What's the difference between a package and bundle?

I seemingly see the words package and bundle used interchangeably in Apple documentation referring to a special folder in the file system that the user sees as document (iWork Pages document) or ...
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Stop prompting to unlock disk

I have two hard disks on my 2012 Mac Mini. The first disk is partitioned with Mac HD and Data HD. The second drive has OS X Public Beta and Windows partitioned. I want to prevent OS X on my main disk ...
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To have RAM-based filesystem in OSX?

I would like do real-time monitoring, discussing one part of it here about counting quickly. No packages about it in homebrew. How can you have RAM-based filesystem in OSX?
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To install Busybox in OSX

I am thinking initramfs -filesystem in this thread. I run unsuccessfully brew search busybox and no including package in Google clearly. Busybox is included in Linux by default but not in OSX. ...
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OS X cd command in /usr/bin instead of /bin

On OS X 10.8 I was looking at my /bin folder and found that cd was not there, but rather in the /usr/bin folder. Why is that? From the FHS (Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. I know that /bin should ...
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No NTFS Access Using Paragon and Tuxera in Yosemite

I earlier used OSXFuse/NTFS-3G method to access my Bootcamp Windows partition and my portable drive while using Mavericks. Recently when I upgraded to Yosemite I noticed that NTFS read/write access ...
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OS X Case-sensitive issues?

It's been a few years since I tried a case-sensitive install of OS X and I'm wondering how it is these days? I had to revert to case-insensitivity before due to Adobe CS but I think that's fixed now. ...
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Why does preview change the ctime of a pdf, and how can I disable it?

When I open a file in Preview, preview updates the ctime of the file. This seems to only happen once however, and as far as I can tell, nothing other than the ctime is changing. This is very ...
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Preventing files from being changed

I hate programs like Flash and others that install crappy settings on /Library/LaunchDaemons and /Library/LaunchAgents, stuff to launch daemons that check for updates of flash. I generally replace ...
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Transfer files between partitions? [duplicate]

After using Boot Camp to install Windows on my Mac, is there any way to transfer files between the two partitions as each is only read only to the other. This is mainly because I have run out of ...
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mkfs.jffs2 or equivalence on Mac Os X

I need to use mkfs.jffs2 command on Mac OS X. On Linux, the command is installed with mtd-tools package, but I can't find it from homebrew. I tried to build from the source, but I have numerous ...
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Filesystem permissions for /var/mobile/Media/DCIM/.MSIC/Incoming

I have changed the permissions on /var/mobile/Media/DCIM/.MSIC/Incoming. Now my camera cannot take pictures. Maybe picture is taken but it cannot write it. I want to fix the permissions issue. Could ...
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Handling Voice Memo files on phone and computer

I've synched voice memos to my computer. Now, I want to clear from iPhone to save space. How do I do that? And, will they all reappear the next time I sync my iPhone?
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Is disk image encryption slower than partition encryption?

I am considering two options to encrypt some data: add a new encrypted partition add an encrypted disk image Which option is faster in terms of disk read/write speed? I suspect that an encrypted ...