"Folder" is the colloquial term for "directory" or "subdirectory", an abstraction of the file system hierarchical divisions used to organize files, documents, applicatons and pieces of programming code.

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What do some of the / directories do? [duplicate]

When I run cd / && ls I see some directories in which I know the purpose of, and then others I don't. Here are the directories I do not know the functions of: /etc /opt /private What do all ...
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How can I iterate through a folder and move/copy every Nth item

I want to make a time lapse from a folder of images, but there are too many and the time lapse progresses to slowly. How do I select, for example, every 10th item, and either copy or move the items ...
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Get AppleScript Path of Parent Folder

I am writing an AppleScript that will be run from a USB drive, but the dive name may change often so I need to figure out how to get the directory path of the parent folder that contains the script. ...
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Google Drive as a local storage folder (iOS)

I want to know if I can use Google Drive's File Sharing folder to store files offline and that with the new "open in..." feature (WiFi OFF so copying files to that folder with NO UPLOAD)
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How can I manage apps with File Sharing within iOS (without using computer)?

I want to know if I can manage (copy MEDIA (music or video) from it and paste MEDIA to it) the File Sharing folder of iOS apps using iOS devices (iPhone, iPad ...) without plugging the device to a ...
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Flashing folder with question mark OS X 10.11

It seems like I totally messed up my MacBook Pro Retina (15" mid 2014) today. I'll try to tell you the story as short as possible. My MacBook was encrypted and I decided to dual boot Arch Linux on ...
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Folders With Custom Icons Problem

On my desktop I have some folders, they all have custom icons. I'm now trying to add alias' to my desktop with custom icons, how can this be done? I've tried Custom icons on a alias folder ...
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Help me to understand this /Users/username/sites/website1

Can anyone help me to understand the logic behind placing my /sites folder like this /Users/username/sites/website1 How do I find the Users folder? I am using OS X El Capitan Thank you
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Change Folder Icon for Shared Dropbox Folder

I have several shared Dropbox folders. I would like to change the folder icon for each, to be a picture of the people with whom that folder is shared. I know that I can change the icons for regular ...
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Change 'New folder' default name

When we create 'new folder' in finder it will automatically named 'untitled folder'. Is it possible to change that default folder name to current date name, for example "20151223"?
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Cannot set Finder window background colour / image

I have created a folder inside HD>Users>Username (the folder where default things like Pictures, Movies, Sites, Documents etc. are) and I'd like to change the background image. The only thing is, the ...
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How Do I Merge Apple Mail 'On My Mac' Folders or Flatten The Directory Structure?

I have a dozen or so separate email "archives" from a variety of different clients and many different email addresses dating back to about 1996. I have managed to get all the files in mbox format, ...
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Are there any good reasons to NOT symlink 'System Folders' like Photos or Music?

I am currently adopting oDrive for all my cloud storage needs. The only restriction that oDrive has it that it creates a folder called 'ODRIVE' on your computer. Everything that you want to sync has ...
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How to reorganize Icon view

After I delete and/or add files to a folder, the icon view is screwed up (see screenshot). How do I reorganize it?
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How to access an external drive

I plug in a flash drive to my USB port. How can I access it through bash? ($ cd / takes me to the directory called Macintosh HD, but through Finder, I can go up one more directory called ...
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Grayed out folder won't open in finder

I've never see this before. Here's the facts: It appears to be grayed out in the finder I can not open it by clicking I can move the folder The permissions are set to 777 (overkill i know) I can ...
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How to display a folder knowing its path?

How can I display a folder in a different Finder window knowing its path ?
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Identify which folder on mail server is currently designated by Mail.app as Drafts, Junk, Trash, Sent, Archive

In Mail.app on El Capitan, the Mailbox menu offers the menu item Use this mailbox as. A submenu offers the items Drafts Mailbox, Sent Mailbox, Junk Mailbox, Trash Mailbox, and Archive Mailbox. After ...
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Problem with symlinking homedir folders

I symlinked some folders of my homedir (Documents, Pictures, Movies...) to my NAS, but I have two problems: The icons appear like symlinks instead the graphical reference to each type of folder ...
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Missing folders after OS X El Capitan upgrade

Anyone else upgrade to El Capitan only to have all their folders disappear? Looks like all my files are still there but they are all under "All my files", years worth of archiving gone! Any help would ...
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After upgrading to El Capitan, directories on a SMB network volume are displayed unreliably

After upgrading to El Capitan, directories on a SMB network volume are displayed unreliably. The volume has 567 "numbered" directories but when browsing the volume, some of the directories are ...
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Why Finder opens same folder each time i create new window by tapping finder icon in dock?

I have created directory in my dropbox. And i noticed that every time i have no windows of finder created and tap on finder icon in dock it creates new window with this new folder opened. But my ...
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Terminal: Remove specific extension recursively

I have a folder, containing many other folders. Some of the folders contained therein (at arbitrary depths) have a specific extension, let's say, .ext: TopFolder + Folder1 | + Folder11.ext | ...
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Maximum number of apps icons & pages in folders & total pages on iPhone from iOS 7 thru till 9.0.2?

Maximum number of apps icons & pages in folders & total pages on iPhone from iOS 7 thru till 9.0.2? Maximum number of: Total Pages on Springboard outside folders Total App icons allowed ...
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Is it possible to use cloud file hosting and preserve folder structure in my home folder?

I want to use Copy.com or Google Drive to keep my laptop folders in sync with my other mac. But I want my Home folder to have the same structure: Desktop Pictures Movies Documents Downloads These ...
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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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Normal size of alias folder

I just delated an alias folder and I saw that the size in the bin was around 1.3 Mbit is this normal? Shouldn't be around few Kbyte?
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How to determine public temp directory on OS X to be write-accessible by www server?

I've MAMP running httpd server as _www and I'd like to assign the temporary directory as part of the shell script (bash). I've tried to use $TMPDIR as per these posts: How do I find the 'temp' ...
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Can I create playlists for videos depending on my folders tree in Windows?

I just got my new iPhone and it's the first one I have to deal with. As I understand, it does not support folders. Is there any way to create video playlists depending on my folders tree in Windows? I ...
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Use the Downloads folder as shared folder between two Macs with Dropbox

I would like to have the Downloads folder of my Mac shared between two Macs using Dropbox. The idea is to have the same archives in both Download folders. How can I accomplish this?
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Remove folder name from file name based on existing Apple Script

so I have this apple script here that I used to insert the folder name into the front of all the files in the folder. The script is able to run through every single folder and target all the files and ...
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Extending searching into the archives folder in Mail.app

When I'm doing a search into my mailbox, Mail is not looking into the archives folder, and that is pretty annoying. I checked "Look into every folder" into the preferences, but it doesn't change ...
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Make duplicate open folders update themselves based on “clean up by" settings

Yosemite introduced a new navigation system within folders. There are now tabs in Finder, and forward/backwards arrows as if we were in a web browser. It is now a little more complicated than ...
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How can I de-folderize the contents of a folder?

Is it possible - without any command line or programming being involved - to remove all folders within a folder, and just leave the files? For example, if I processed this photo folder: Then I ...
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Trying to import old video from tape into iMovie 10.0.9, and store it on peripheral drive

I can't control which file or folder to target. I can only name a target an event name, and then that event only shows in the iMovie libraries menu on the left. Cant find the even in Finder to copy it ...
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/home/ directory

I just set up a new computer and am importing some files. Some of the previous files such as power point presentations link to pictures or movies that used to have paths like /home/username/movie. ...
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In terminal (bash), should I be in a folder to move it to another?

In a directory named World, I've been asked to move a folder within it--South_America--to another folder also within World--North_America. 1. I can't figure out if I should be in South_America or one ...
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Mail - Subfolders on own IMAP-Server are all shown under INBOX

I've got a problem with my folders within the mail app. As you can see, I've got three accounts: an exchange server my iCloud server an own imap server The problem with the IMAP server is, that ...
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Directories treated by OS X as executable

Under OS X, there seem to be two different types of directory. One is an ordinary directory, as in Unix. The other is an "executable directory", on which you can double-click to start up an app. Are ...
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How to view home directory with Finder

Brand new to Mac OS, coming from Linux. Almost everything I do is out of my home dir ("~/", or on Mac, "/Users/myuser/"). But when I open up the Finder app, I can't figure out how to view my home ...
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How to move Desktop folder to Google Drive

I'm trying to sync my desktop folders across computers and platform through having a single Desktop folder in Google Drive. I was wondering if there is a simple method of moving the Desktop folder to ...
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Can you disable toolbar by default in Finder?

In Yosemite, opening folders in a new window by default is extremely difficult. You can press CMD as you click (not optimal) or right-click/option-click the folder to open in a new window (not ...
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Can you automatically resize a window to fit its content?

Before Yosemite, you could resize a window in the Finder by clicking the green "street light" button on top of the window. It would do a more or less ok job. Now in Yosemite and above, you need to ...
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How to find duplicate folder names and resolve naming conflicts in OS X?

I have my music collect on my NAS and would like to copy it to my laptop. When I try to copy the music folder and paste it to a new location on my laptop I get messages that OS X can't paste the ...
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Merge several folders, but keep only the newest file when conflicts are encountered

I've hit a bit of a wall with my backups. I have three backups, each is different, some contain newer files than other backups. I want to merge these three folders into one, but when a conflict ...
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Temporary .DS_store files, phantom connections?

I have my machine set up not to write .DS_store files, the reason being because I was suspect they may have been causing access issues on shared drives (folder is considered "in use" even when it ...
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Does OSX cache hidden files which can lock folders open?

We've identified the cause to some strange behaviour we've been experiencing on our server. We have a shared drive on the network that all of our graphic designers connect to using cifs:// or smb://. ...
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Set default directory whenever I open a file from any application

Whenever I attempt to open any file from any application (whether it be microsoft office, texmaker, etc) the default directory is 'Documents'. How can I change this to a different directory? Because I ...
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AppleScript: move a folder to library (to root) in iTunes

Does anybody know how to move some folder to library playlist in iTunes? I can move some folder to another folder using the following script: tell application "iTunes" move folder playlist "3" ...
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Content of folders vanished when moved to Macintosh HD

I tried to move some folders from my Desktop to my hard drive by dragging them. It would not let me copy them on the hard drive for an unknown reason (red not permitted sign appearing when hovering ...