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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Is it OK to remove files from any directory named “Caches”?

[I'm not looking for dire warnings from my explanation of why I'm asking this question as I'm aware of the possible consequences and willing to take the chances (and to reload my entire system) but ...
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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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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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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?

I have 2 same files: Romans-MacBook-Pro:cut poma$ md5 src.mov MD5 (src.mov) = 7d59d01e5efffe3a258eff86d8b775a0 Romans-MacBook-Pro:cut poma$ md5 copy.mov MD5 (copy.mov) = ...
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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 folders should I be backing up? Are there any I should avoid?

I'm in the process of configuring a cloud backup for my OS X machine and am trying decide what folders to back up and whether there are any folders I should avoid. I have complete control, by ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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IMAP folders missing from ~library/mail

After converting some mail accounts from pop to imap, then importing mail from Backup, the IMAP folders are located in V2 folder (not ~Library/Mail folder) Because Mail is running very slow, I want ...
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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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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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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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files synced to xampp via google drive between windows vista and mac running os x yosemite file permissions being changed to 403 forbidden

My friend and I are coding a web page via xampp. We both have different copies of xampp server installed. The files are synced via google drive into the htdocs folder. The problem is that the 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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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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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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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 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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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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How to set to open folder with enter in finder?

I want to set to open a folder in finder with Enter. I know it's possible to open a folder with ⌘ Command + ↓ Down Arrow but I don't like it and I never use it because it's easier to use the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Disable storage of invisible files “._” on my cfs or smb network storage

I use OS X Mavericks and have some company storage drives mounted (using smb or cfs). (smb://username@address.path.toserver.com/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...
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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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Are the OSX Mavericks tags visible from the command line?

For example, suppose I have a directory structure such as /Users /tlehman /Math algebraic_varieties.tex [tagged: Math, Documentation] projective_geometry.pdf ...
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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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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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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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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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MacOS 10.9.5 Samba client has wrong permissions

I have a Samba server running on Ubuntu. When I mount it on my MacOS 10.9.5 box using the name smb://servername/ every single file looks like it has permission 0700. If I mount it using ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...