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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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 ...
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Mounting Ext3 filesystem with OS X 10.7.4 [closed]

I'm trying to mount an Ext3 external USB hard drive in OS X 10.7.4. I installed OSXFUSE (with macfuse compability layer), which worked fine. After that I tried to install EXT2FS but the install ...
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Permission Problems for copied files from NAS

I access my Synology NAS via AFP and can open/edit all of my files directly on it. But when I copy a file to my desktop I can't open it. Finder tells me I don't have appropriate permissions. When I ...
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Is it possible to edit the path and view the folder path in the Finder?

I'm not sure what it is called on the Mac, but when I open my Downloads folder (or any other folder), I'm referring to this file explorer window that shows me my file structure. I know there are ...
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Move Large, Frequent files closer to center of HDD

Is there a native/third-party utility (or native trick) to move large, frequently-used files closer to the center of the disk? I was under the impression that the OS tried to automatically optimize ...
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OS X Lion All Files Showing as Type of Document

I had an issue where my MacBook Air would not start a couple days back, so I reinstalled the OS. I ran the reinstallation from the recovery partition. Ever since then, almost all of my files show as ...
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Launching a new instance of something instead opening existing one?

Is it possible to have app launcher(Alfred or Spotlight) to launch a new instance of an app(Finder, Terminal) instead of taking me to existing instance? I know this question: How to make clicking on ...
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I want to install Adobe CS 6 on an external hard drive but can't select the install location

My SSD is formatted case sensitive, so when I attempted to install I got this: Installation on case sensitive volumes isn't allowed. Please choose a case insensitive location. But I can't select ...
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fsck and Disk Utility won't repair Volume: invalid b-tree node size

I accidentally wrote some .iso data to a disk through dd by mistake. I cancelled the command after just 2 seconds but that was enough to wipe the first EFI partition (200MB) and a bit of the second ...
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Can't open example files in LyX (greyed out)

I am trying to bring up LyX on a mac. One of the first things in the tutorial is to go look at the file named example_raw.lyx. I know the file is on my machine because I found it using terminal, ...
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Will setting a cron job to delete ._ shadow files on a linux share work?

I recently tarred up a directory to send to a remote linux system. When I untarred it, there were ._ files tossed into the target directory. I did a search and found articles of people being ...
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Wisdom of storing help files in user directory

What is the wisdom of storing the following reference files in the user's directory? Might I have done something when installing XCode for them to go to ~/Library instead of, say, /Library ? 1.8G ...
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Alternative to Tuxera NTFS and MacFUSE?

Im trying to mount files to an NTFS format drive, I read on the internet that either Tuxera NTFS or MacFuse work for such things. However TuxeraNTFS filled my USB drive with space that should be free ...
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Will NTFS-3G and FUSE work out of the box if I upgrade from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion?

On Snow Leopard I already have NTFS-3G (2010.10.2) and FUSE (MacFUSE Framework 2.2.1). I managed to install them and it works like a charm. If I upgrade to Mountain Lion, does the operating system ...
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How to write on FAT32 and NTFS from Mountain Lion?

What is the best free software for OS X Mountain Lion for enabling write support for FAT32 and NTFS?
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What techniques for disk, volume and file system management are possible with OS X, but troublesome within Disk Utility?

In the past, Disk Utility was the best starting point for the vast majority of disk-related tasks. As technologies within (or possible with) OS X have developed – without equal development of Disk ...
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If I save files in iCloud, where are they “really”?

If I save files to iCloud in apps in Mountain Lion that support such saving, where on my drive can I find these files if I want to run command line utilities on them, edit them in other programs, etc? ...
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How exactly does the new Mountain Lion filesystem work?

I heard that the new filesystem only allows one level of folders. How does it work exactly ? Will my existing beautifully organized folder-tree be collapsed into one folder when I upgrade? As a ...
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Why isn't finder finding all files?

I had a Smart Search for my Photo Stream files located at ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub/, searching for JPG and PNG files. I found that not all files were showing up. ...
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What does this mean: “mds: (Warning) FMW: event:1 had an arg mismatch. ac:2 am:51”

mds: (Warning) FMW: event:1 had an arg mismatch. ac:2 am:51 This error shows up in my system.log file regularly. Searching on Google turns up few useful results. One search result points to ...
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Search all hidden .htaccess files inside a folder and run a terminal command?

Searching for the issue, I found this Q&A: How can I show only an .htaccess file in the Finder? [...] you could create a symlink to the file in its directory, omitting the dot in the name: ...
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Whenever I try to delete a file in Finder I get “Finder wants to make changes. Type your password to allow this.”

I can't figure out why Finder isn't letting me delete files under my home directory without providing my password. Here's a listing of some files on my desktop: ~/Desktop steve 526$ ls -l@ flower* ...
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How to delete leftover files from aborted migrations?

I recently got a new MacBook Air and used Migration Assistant (henceforth abbreviated as MA) to transfer my stuff from my old MacBook Pro. However, until MA actually worked all the way, I had to abort ...
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Filesystem check on startup

as Mac OS X in part is an *nix operating system. Will the filesystem of my computer be checked periodically? How to check when the next check will be triggered, if it is checked periodically? My ...
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How can I specify a smaller block size for a Ramdisk?

I use a ramdisk to speed up a git repository with a lot (> 60k) of small (~200 bytes) files. Is there a way to create a ramdisk with a smaller block size?
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Easiest way to browse iPhone filesystem

What method of browsing the root filesystem is least likely to make any modifications to it? Hooking to a pc is an option. Jailbreaking is not an option for this question.
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Where does iPhone save temp files? [closed]

I was doing a very important recording on the soundcloud iPhone app and it ran out of battery. When I charged it up soundcloud app doesn't have the recording anywhere. On the iPhone filesystem where ...
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Best file system for an external hard drive sharing between OS X and Windows

I would like to buy an external hard drive that I'll use on Mac OS X and on Windows, but I don't know the best file system for it (reading and writing on the both system). I know I can used FAT32 ...
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Can Disk Utility and Disk Warrior be used on a Fusion volume containing Mac OS X

I have Snow Leopard Server 10.6.8 running in a VMware Fusion 4.1.3 virtual machine. When I run a Disk Utility "Verify Disk" from within the VM, errors are reported. Invalid B-tree node size ...
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Can you reinstall OS X on a FileVault 2-encrypted drive?

I've been researching FileVault 2 to make sure that I understand it before I enable it on my Mac. While reading Macworld's Complete guide to FileVault 2 in Lion, I encountered an unexpected caveat ...
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Installing iOS SDK (Xcode) portably?

Is there any way to install the entire Xcode and iOS SDK developer suite on an external hard drive, and run it? When I open the .mpkg, I get " Xcode and iOS SDK can't be installed on this disk. You ...
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Installing gcc without admin?

Is there a place to install command line programs on OSX without an admin password? I've tried /bin and /usr/bin, and I have permission for neither. Like a ~/Applications, but for the command line.
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Unremovable directory

I have a problem with a seemingly unremovable directory/bundle. I moved Spotify.app from /Applications to the Trash and later tried to empty the Trash. The empty trash progress bar shows up but then ...
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Linus Torvalds and the OS X Filesystem

Back in 2008, Linus Torvalds famously said in an interview that "OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary." I've ...
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How do I rename a file in git that differs by case only?

In my git (Xcode) project, I committed a filename with improper case. Now I went to try to rename it, but when I commit, I get: fatal: Will not add file alias 'MyProject/MyFile.h' ...