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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Large copied folders. Byte sizes same, but file counts different

I have a few very large folders copied that have the exact same byte size as their originals, but different file counts (off by 1-10 items) than what they should have. No errors were reported during ...
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How to share files or folders across different user accounts on Mountain Lion?

I have some files with an user account.I would like to share some of the files to another user on the same MAC. I copied the files to Public folder,but I am not able to view the files in the other ...
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Is there a best / OSX-specific way to force all files created in a directory to have certain group ownership?

Basically I need any file filefoo that is newly created by userfoo or userbar, both members of groupfoo, in /Users/Shared/SpecialDirectory to have the same ownership that would be achieved by that ...
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Does OS X enforce a maximum filename length or character restriction?

What is the maximum filename character length of files in OS X? Of secondary importance is whether some characters are allowed/disallowed in addition to any overall length restrictions.
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Where to configure the default user group for file/directory creation?

I would like to configure the default group for any file or directory which is created by my user. I am not sure where to start. Could somebody point me the right direction? My user lives in Active ...
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Is there a speed difference between copying files at the same time or after one another

We got a new Mac Pro server and I am faced with cloning 4TB of data from one, to the other via. Firewire 800 cable and Target Disk Mode. Oh for Thunderbolt. Is there an impact on the total speed of ...
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Formatted a Bootcamped drive as a dynamic disk, now can't boot to either Mac or Windows

I was trying to create an extra partition to get a file from the Windows side of my Macbook Air to the Mac side, and I accidentally made the disk dynamic without realizing it. I am now unable to boot ...
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How to tell which files are entirely or partly within a band of a sparse bundle disk image?

I have an image with an error in one of its bands: /Volumes/twoz/macbookpro08-centrim.sparsebundle/bands/3252 The file system personality of the image is Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+. Question ...
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File path to file on Mac Mini via LAN

I have a bunch of data files on a Mac Mini that I want to read over my wireless LAN in a script (F#, not that it matters I think). I can see the files in Finder, but don't know how to read them in a ...
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What filesystem does iOS use?

I can't find this information documented anywhere. What filesystem do iOS devices use? Did Apple stick with HFS+? Is it different between devices and iOS versions?
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How can I change permissions of mount point of a network resource on Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)?

I want to give another user permission to a mount point of a network resource. The directory mode is 700 and the owner is, of course, the logged in user who created the mount point. I have programs ...
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How do I format an encrypted Integral Secure Key?

I just bought an Integral Secure Key from the Apple store but am fed up with having to use its own software just to transfer files to it as it does not appear as a normal USB drive in Finder. How can ...
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Difference between du and Finder file sizes

I was having a look at the size of libBLAS.dylib at some location in my Mac and du showed it's file size as 572K while the allocated file size (showed by Finder) was 1.4MB. I've read that the lack of ...
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Disable copying of file

I want to provide a mac to a remote worker with my project folder. Its ok if they try to take pics of the code but i dont want them to copy the whole folder. Is it possible? how? UPDATE: Can I just ...
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Can the Date Created metadata be changed after the fact on OS X?

I have a movie file. It was taken back in October but the date created is from last week. How can I change the date created information in the file?
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Mount network volume as local drive for data recovery

Is it possible to mount a network volume so it's seen by OS X and data recovery tools as a local drive? Or are there any data recovery tools on OS X that work with network volumes? I'm using OS X ...
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What are Mac alternatives to Storage Spaces in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012?

I like the Storage Spaces feature in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, but since I'm mostly working on Mac computers I would like to know if there are any Mac alternatives or equivalents.
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Why are the alias so big in filesize in Mountain Lion?

I noticed the alias(es) that I create in Mountain Lion are very big in filesize (for example an alias to a folder is 5.8MB!) Compared to Leopard, they were just about 500KB. Why is this? and is ...
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Get info: sizes displayed in MB first

One thing that I miss and would like to have back, is when I get info on one or more files, the size displayed first is not the MB rounded one, it is the size in bytes. The image below shows on the ...
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Why does OS X require admin privileges to unmount a drive from the terminal using `umount` but not when using Finder?

Anyone can unmount a usb drive from Finder by clicking on the "eject" icon next to it. However, only a user with administrative privileges can unmount a drive from the terminal using umount. Are ...
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Most efficient way to get all files in a directory

I have a million+ files spread across four fiber-connected arrays. I need to get the path, filesize, and last_modified date to insert into a mysql database. What would be the best way to do this? ...
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File Name Bubble Hovering on Screen?

I'm not sure what just happened... I was just about to rename a file, and just mis-clicked off. - After that point there was a constantly floating yellow bubble with the file name in it, on the finder ...
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What documentation exists to explain TheVolumeSettingsFolder on OS X?

Searching Google for the following I only found uninformed crap. What is this? looris@Palace-of-the-Nine-Moons:/tmp $ tree /TheVolumeSettingsFolder/ /TheVolumeSettingsFolder/ └── HFSExtentTables ...
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show long filenames immediately in Mountain Lion when hovering mouse and key press

In Leopard, at the finder, when a file/folder had a long filename (and it truncated it with an ellipsis "…"), I just had to press the option (alt) key and hover the cursor on that file/folder, and it ...
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Is their a file system that can read/write mac and win and do time machine?

Is their a file system that can read/write mac and win and do time machine? I know that OS X can write to NTFS with the correct software installed, but Time Machine usually insists on formatting ...
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External harddrive changes name sometimes

I have bought a new external harddrive to use with my Macbook Air running OSX 10.8.2. I renamed the device to "750GB External" and started using it, for example to store some photos which I edit with ...
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System Apps Not Appearing

I tried to move an app on my jailbroken iPod touch 4th generation to the system partition to free up space. I moved the app from /var/mobile/Applications to / and then created a symlink in ...
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How do I verify the integrity of my OSX installation? (Files, versions, and preferences)

I want to verify the files, and configuration settings for my OSX installation against a known good reference "base". Assuming I have two identical Macs (hardware), with one being factory installed ...
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Taking forever to move files to the trash

Finder is taking forever to move, rename, etc. files, especially when moving to the trash or emptying the trash. Here is a video ...
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How can I rename a Logical Volume Group?

I have noticed that while I can safely change the name of the Logical Volume (LM Volume) in /Volumes (currently: Apple SSD), I cannot find a way to change the name of the Logical Volume Group ...
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Always open a file in a specific program

I'm having an issue with forcing a file of a certain type to always open with a specific program. In this case, it's .indd (Adobe InDesign) files. I have Adobe CS6 installed, and also Adobe InDesign ...
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How to mount ext4 partition on OS X 10.8.2?

I'm new to OS X, I was using Ubuntu till now. All my data are stored on an external drive formated as ext4 system file. Is there any other way to acces this data than installing Virtual Box? I'm ...
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Keeping both files when moving them to a different folder?

When I'm moving files to a folder with another set of files named the same, it doesn't give me the "keep both"-option. However when I move the files one by one, I get this option. Any tips on how I ...
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How do I fix a bad file name encoding on an Intel Mac?

On occasion I get files that have names mangled (mis-encoded, often from an archive file) by the senders. How do I fix the encoding on an Intel Mac? I am aware of Apple's File Name Encoding Repair ...
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What causes chmod to not work on an ssh file in OSX?

I am trying to mount private keys from USB stick. OSx does not allow me to change their permissions, why? How can I change them? In other words, how can I add private keys from random USB stick to ...
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Are .apple files potentially synonymous (or a wrapper to) .dmg files?

We lost a .dmg file on an harddrive. Our tech guy was able to recover files from the drive but not one of them is a .dmg file. But they are a lot of .apple file. Can the .dmg file we are looking for ...
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ZEVO: anyone have access to a current road map?

I've recently installed ZEVO on my Mac Pro and I'm looking forward to what ZFS will provide with data integrity, pool management and drive handling. Wondering if there is a current road map?
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Where is “Contact” information stored within iOS4

I have a problem in iOS4.0.1 on my 3GS where not all contacts I have saved show up in the "Contacts" app or tab within "Phone". However, when I enter names in a new text message contact field, they ...
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Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive?

I have a Mac Mini with two drives: a 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. From what I've read, the new Fusion Drive does all of it's magic in software, using the Core Storage APIs. Can I get my setup to ...
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Where is system.log located? (In the filesystem, outside of Console.app)

Where is the system.log file actually located? I know of course that I can view its contents in Console.app, but I just want to know where this text file is actually located. Or is it an almagamation ...
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How to batch rename images, in reverse numerical order?

My camera names its images IMG_0001.jpg, IMG_0002.jpg, IMG_0003.jpg, etc. I have about a thousand images and would like to rename them without having to do it manually if possible. Is there a good ...
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“Open with” in Finder.app gives duplicate entries [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to omit apps from external drives in “Open With” menu? in finder's open with menu are a lot of dups. I am running latest OX X and patches. I googled and found ...
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Is there an application for creating an text inventory of media files and/or applications

For insurance purposes, I would like to keep a list of the following: All of the movie files on my Mac All of the music files on my Mac All of the applications on my Mac The lists needs to be ...
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How can one determine which user deleted a shared file on OS X Mountain Lion Server

My girlfriend is a lab technician at a small pharmaceutical startup. She created a very important Excel file and placed it in a shared folder on a server that the "IT" guy set up. The server runs ...
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How can I ssh mount an Ubuntu server's filesystem?

I posted this question on Stack Overflow, and the one response mentioned, "I guess from your mention of opendiff that you're using Mac OS. The recommended way to get sshfs on Mac OS used to be ...
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Why don't Projects folder and subfolders dynamically update with file system changes?

After spending a long time debugging Sublime Text 2, I discovered the bug is in OSX. The Finder does not dynamically update changes in the file system for the Projects folder and subfolders. Why ...
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How to make Smart folder like physical folder with the combined contents of two folders

I have an application which looks for its data (*.txt) files in a folder. I have two folders containing text data that I need to keep separate, but it would be useful to have the application see the ...
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Partition one disk with 2 different filesystems

Can I partition my portable 2.5 hard disk into 2 parts and then have one part as a Mac (ext journal) partition and the other as a NTFS filesystem?
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Fresh install or Cloning when migrating from HDD to smaller SSD (considering fragmentation, mostly)?

I own a mid 2010 6,2 MBP and I am considering the upgrade to a SSD. I would probably get a 256GBs SSD and replace my optical drive for the older HDD, so I can have a little more of capacity, as I ...
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“Application opened for the first time” warning after every reboot

I have a problem with Lion 10.7.5.: the system does not remember that I already opened applications before. After every reboot, every time I open an application it displays the warning as if it's the ...