"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 is the /data/db folder in OS X?

I'm using OS X 10.6.8 and cleaning up my almost full hard-drive using the free tool Disk Inventory X. I stumbled upon the /data/db folder which weighs more than 600Mb. Before deleting some of its ...
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Merge folders is not working

I'm trying to merge two folders with the same name but different contents in Finder on OSX Mountain Lion. The folder is located on my iMac and I am dragging a dropping to my External Harddrive where ...
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Is there a workaround when Finder spends forever “calculating size”?

Has anyone else had the issue of it taking forever to calculate the size of a folder? I have a folder of about 500 GB on an external USB drive, and it seems to never finish "Calculating Size" when I ...
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Finder takes long time to load some folders

When opening some folders, the Finder takes a long time (30-60 seconds) to load all the files in it. Specifically, these folders typically contain 10-50 PHP files (which are text files), each about 10 ...
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Copy contents of a smart folder to a new folder in Mountain Lion

I admit that my music collection is a royal mess. This is the result of merging many sources of music (external drive, old iPod sync, iTunes purchases, etc) into my iTunes account. iTunes Match has ...
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How can I open a folder called something.app in various applications?

For whatever reason, I created a folder on my Mac called customer.app, and it contains a python module. I want to open that folder and it's files in applications like BBEdit and GitX, but the open ...
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In Finder, directory size is not shown

I linked Mail.app to my Gmail account and to my surprise it downloaded all of the 300000+ (!) messages that are on it (I looked in the Preferences for a way to limit the amount of messages downloaded ...
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Deleting home folders ~symbolic links in Mac OS X

I bought an SSD, so now I have SSD + traditional HD on my Mac. On SSD OS + Applications. On HD data. I wanted to keep applications and library on the SSD and move my home folder from SSD to the ...
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Organizing user home directory between SSD and HDD

I've installed an SSD into a new Mac mini. I've installed ML, and used the migration tool to copy programs and user settings from the stock 500GB drive. What doesn't fit onto this 64GB SSD drive ...
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Using Terminal, how can I find which directory is my USB drive mounted in?

I am using Terminal and have looked through directories. I just can't find where my USB drive its directory is. Which directory is my USB drive mounted in?
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How do I create a keyboard shortcut to go to a specific folder? [duplicate]

I have a folder called ~/Documents/Work and I'd like to make the Finder shortcut cmd-shift-W go to that folder, similar to how cmd-shift-H goes to the Home folder (and the equivalent shortcuts for ...
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How to edit binary InfoPlist.strings in Mountain Lion (for Finder to display folders before files)?

The article Force your Mac to sort folders on top of files (windows style), lets the Finder change its sorting order to first show folders and next all files. This trick doesn't seem to work with ...
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Does a .DS_Store file contain view settings for its own folder, or does it describe the view(s) of the sub folder(s) contained in its own folder?

I'm having major issues figuring out how to get my arrange/sort settings to "stick" for my Finder windows—both in Lion, and now in Mountain Lion too (with a completely fresh system). I created an ...
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How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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Open a folder in default browser

I have many web projects that I develop on the localhost. Normally to get to these one has to navigate from the root directory or bookmark the url. I want to be able to open an OS directory/folder in ...
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How to keep /Volumes symbolic links from getting auto-deleted?

I moved my /Users directory to a separate disk/partition (to get it off my SSD boot disk) as per this post. However, some things (like double-clicks of .html files to be viewed in a an Opera browser) ...
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cd to a directory by typing its name?

For example if a directory 'blob' exists and I just type 'blob[return]' then the system cds into the blob directory for me. In Linux (Ubuntu) I can add shopt -s autocd to my .bashrc file, but on OS X ...
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Finder not expanding folders anymore after OSX Lion re-installation

I've just reinstalled Lion after having replaced the stock HDD with an OCZ Vertex 4 SSD and everything is fine apart from the Finder, which does not expand folders anymore..see the following ...
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Apple TextEdit - where is the file being saved?

I used to use Save As… to remember the directory I was saving a file in, but that seems to have disappeared with the latest OS. I have a file open in TextEdit. How does one go about finding the ...
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Quickly open your favorite folders on OS X?

What are the options which would be faster than opening Finder and browsing the folder, to open it? (I like to keep the desktop completely clean so will avoid Desktop shortcuts if other options are ...
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Is there a default location for 'linux too applications'

I recently moved to OS X from Windows 7. In Windows, pretty much everything gets installed to C:\Program Files\[application name] or C:\[application name]. In OS X /Applications seems to be roughly ...
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Copy new files only - is this possible? Basically want to merge two folders

I have a folder on Drive 1 called Music, and it is 100GB. I have a folder on Drive 2 called Music, and it is 116GB. It's the most updated version. How do I copy the Music folder from Drive 2 to Drive ...
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Moving desktop folder back to where it should be!

I've had a real headscratcher... the other day I was downloading a large folder from FTP to a folder on my desktop. When I went to check the files half were missing, I soon found out it was because ...
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Why are home folders in Mac OS X located in /Users, and not /home?

My question is as title stated. Why mac osx user directory located at /Users, but not /home? Because /home is the default directory of user's home of Unix and Linux.
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Merging folders when copying & pasting in Finder

I've recently switched from Windows 7. One Windows feature that I'm missing is the possibility to merge folders (the German version of Windows is calling this "integrate") when copying & pasting ...
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Recover Folder from xcode project

I feel sick... I just accidently deleted the www folder of my phonegap app in xcode 4.2. It's not in finder or trash. From what I read, its actually deleted. I have tested on my ipad. How can I ...
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How can I rename music videos on my iPhone?

I want to find some music videos and rename them, but I can't figure out how to do that? I am using iPhone 4S - iOS 5.0.1 - a jailbroken phone and using iFile And iFunBox.
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Is there a way to hide a user's home folder from other users seeing that it even exists?

I want to hide a user folder from any other users from seeing. The user should still be able to log in through the login window using their username and password. Is this possible?
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How to change size of ALL icons/folders in Finder?

I only know about this: defaults write com.apple.finder DesktopViewOptions -dict IconSize -integer 188x188px.; killall Finder’ But it’s only for the Desktop…
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Can't delete folder named __MACOSX

So, I have a folder in my ~./Trash folder, and I can't seem to delete it. It's named __MACOSX, and I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of it. Finder won't start at all because of it (it ...
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How to disable Finder triangle reveal animation in 10.7 Lion

In Finder's list view, you can click the little triangles to the left of folder icons in order to reveal the contents of the folder. In 10.7 Lion, this reveal/expansion is accompanied by a vertical ...
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When I save a document, can I enter the location with path input?

When I save a document in any editing program, it pops up a save window where I can choose the desired save location by clicking folder names. Instead of mouse-clicks, I like to input the path name ...
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How can I move an email without deleting it from iCloud server?

I have local rules on my Mac to move emails from certain people into their own local folders, and sound a unique alert. The problem is that it appears that moving it causes it to be deleted from ...
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Putting a folder in the dock

Is this possible? How can I do it? I want to put applications in a folder in my dock.
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Most important MacOS folders to move from SSD to spinning HDD, and how to move them?

I recently installed a SSD on my Early 2009 Mac Pro. While searching the site, and finding many questions on the subject of SSD to HDD swapping, linking, and cloning. No one actually mentioned the ...
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Option to “open with…” on folders in finder

Is it possible to add the "Open with..." option to Finder, when you do a secondary click on a folder? I want the same behavior as when I'm secondary clicking on a file. Edit I do not want to open ...
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Move an old Time Machine folder (NOT volume!) to a different disk

I have an old Time Machine backup that I moved from its volume to a folder on a different disk. Now I want to move it to yet another volume. The problem is that the volume where the backup folder is ...
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How to fix iTunes library? I copied the iTunes folder but the music does not appear in iTunes

I copied my iTunes folder and changed it in preferences. Then I did Library -> Organize Library. Why doesn't iTunes see the music? (I think I used this process before). How to fix? Using iTunes 10.
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Mac folder which is Not Shared is shared and fully accessible from a Windows machine

On my desktop, I right click on Macintosh HD and then on Get Info. The Shared Folder checkbox is Unchecked and under Sharing and permissions, I have: system (read and write) myUser (me) ...
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Global vs user Applications Folder

What is the difference between keeping applications in the global /Applications vs ~/Applications for a single user system on Lion? Does the applications in the global location get extra ...
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Safe to Delete Mobile Applications

I back up my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to iCloud. Is it necessary to keep my Mobile Applications Folder? There are over 12GBs of space being used by this folder on my Macbook. Could it be thrown out?
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How to view Root directory and subdirectories in Finder?

Apparently, the Macintosh HD icon on the desktop points to the root directory but it is not showing all the contents. Some of the files and directories are the same as those which I see when I ...
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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 make a png graphic for an icon into a rsrc file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing a file or folder icon using the Terminal ok, my original question was pretty much the same as this one: Changing a file or folder icon using the Terminal, but ...
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Move Developer Folder

I want to free some space on my SSD. Is there a way to move the Developer folder from my root drive to another one without breaking anything?
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Wrong icon for Application folder

For some reason, my Applications folder is using the Address book icon in the Dock. How do I change this back to the correct icon. I am using Mac 10.7.2 (although the problem has been there since ...
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How do I set an icon for a directory via the CLI? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing a file or folder icon using the Terminal This is a continuation of this thread from Super User. The question is how to set an icon on a directory. At first I ...
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Same Files in Two Folders, But Different Size Info?

Can anyone tell me how this is possible? The files in these two folders are exactly the same, but the file size reported for the folders is different. Any ideas? Edit: fullsize image @ ...
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Which applications should be in the Utilities folder?

A while ago I wanted to make things more convenient so I organized the my Mac applications in folders. Little did I know, it prevented Software Updates to detect needed updates. Now, I've been trying ...
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How do I set a persistent background image for a USB drive?

I'm trying to change the folder background image on a USB flash drive, using the View Options panel. However, when I eject and re-insert the drive, these settings (as well as icon positions, etc.) ...