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How to access my .ssh folder for Transmit or Cyberduck?

I"m trying to connect to my linux server which uses public key authentication. By default, the .ssh folder is hidden on my mac (which I can access via the terminal). However, when I try to setup a ...
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Permanently show hidden directories

I am trying to repair a friend's USB drive that got a virus. All directories became .lnk and the original ones were hidden. I don't know how to permanently show the folders. I've used sudo chflags ...
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Automatically hide latex aux files in finder (files with a certain extension)

I'm a LaTeX user in OSX. I use TexShop primarily. LaTeX automatically creates lots of helper files with various different extensions (.log, .nav, .aux, .out, etc). It's almost never necessary to view ...
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why does OSX add extra '._<filename>' when I tar a directory?

I'd just like to know why if I "tar -czf" a file/directory, osx adds a: ._ for each file? I see these when I untar in linux. Or when I work with the uncompressed project in eclipse as it doesn't ...
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How to remove .DS_Store from command-line auto-completion using cd?

I understand that .DS_store files serve a purpose. That said, they are a nuisance when auto-completing with the cd command. When I type cd in Terminal and press tab twice it lists all directories in ...
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Spotlight's Privacy tab not backed up by Time Machine?

I just did a full restore from Time Machine and noticed that my Spotlight Privacy tab was empty. Am I correct in assuming that this information is not backed up by Time Machine? I believe it's stored ...
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Hidden folder in /Users/Shared that has MD5-encrypted name of another user

I was familiarizing myself with some of the hidden files in OS X (while cleaning house) and I came across a hidden folder inside the /Users/Shared directory. It's name is "." followed by a ...
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Always show hidden in Open/Save dialogs

Is it possible to set by default to show hidden files and folders in Open and Save dialogs ? I know it is possible to trigger to show hidden for dialog lifetime by press Command ⌘+Shift ⇧+..
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AppleShowAllFiles does not show hidden files

I use OS X 10.8, I type the following defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES killall Finder but still I cannot see any hidden files like .bash_history, .Trash, .cups, .gem etc. in ...
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How do I get Sublime Text's open-file GUI to show hidden files?

I know how to tell Finder to show hidden files, but when I try to open a file in Sublime Text 2, the GUI that pops up do not let me see hidden files. How do I tell it to show me hidden files?
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make a certain file type hidden

I am trying to find a way to make my mac see .dSYM files as hidden. I know I could do: chflags hidden / -name *.dSYM but the next time I create a .dSYM file it wont be hidden. There must be a way ...
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Copying hidden files and folders to an external hard disk

I use an external hard disk as a backup for my programming projects. Now a lot of files in these projects are hidden files. Like .git or .svn etc. I have been able to view the hidden files but I ...
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Can Mountain Lion be modified so that a double click will open “hidden” folders and files?

I've noticed something strange in Finder since upgrading to Mountain Lion; any hidden folder or files (that I've already run defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE for) can only be ...
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Scripting the unhiding of Library folders on Time Machine disks

Here's the context: I have about 400 students with Time Machine backups from Lion computers. We wiped and re-imaged their laptops with new software AND with Mountain Lion. We just discovered that you ...
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What does com.apple.timemachine.supported denote?

What does the presence of a file named .com.apple.timemachine.supported denote? Is it safe to delete? I find about a dozen of these scattered across my local hard disks, not the TimeMachine ...
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How to always show “Library” in the Finder its “Go”-Menu without holding a modifier key?

I often use the "Library" folder in my home folder ~/. The Library folder there (~/Library/) is shown (unhidden), and that is not the question. I would like to also always show the menu point ...
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Why some folders have the .DS_Store but some doesn't?

Local storage In some of my folder, I found something quite interesting: Some folders have the `.DS_Store` but some does not Network storage .DS_Store files are not on the network store. Any ...
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Unhide /etc dir but NOT using 'AppleShowAllFiles'. Possible?

I frequently use and edit config files inside /etc on OS X Lion. I would like to be able to access this dir in Finder easily, but don't want to unhide hidden files system-wide using defaults write ...
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How to un-hide a file that has been hidden on Mac OS 8?

I have a copy of an old folder holding a file that has been hidden on Mac OS 8 or 9 (using resedit, if my memory isn't failing). Is there an easy way to un-hide it in OS X?
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Can I delete private/var/vm? What can I delete from the private directory?

What is this folder? It's huge and I can use the extra room. I've read sleepimage isn't necessary—is this true? Should I just deal with it? Is the "private" folder emptied automatically, or would I ...
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Reset external monitor settings (Lion)

When I plug an external monitor into my MacBook (Air, Pro... it doesn't matter), I can change the monitor's settings (resolution for example) and Mac OS X saves the configuration for the next times I ...
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What are the “sleepimage” and “swapfile” documents?

I was using Disk Inventory X and found a file called sleepimage in /private/var/vm/ It takes up 4 GB! I also found numerous other files in the same folder called swapfile0 swapfile1, etc. What are ...
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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 can I make a file un-hidden permanently?

I have some files that were hidden on a PC. Now they live on my Mac. How can I remove the hidden property on each of these files?
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How do I hide 'Hidden' files?

I set hidden files to be shown with the following commands: defaults write com.apple.finder showHiddenFiles TRUE killall Finder This worked as expected. Then I tried to hide them again with the ...
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What is icon\r file and how do I delete them?

I notice that within my xcode project I see an icon\r file. When I go to the folder where the project is from finder, I dont see this file. I believe this is some sort of hidden file that I should ...
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Hide certain files/folders from “All My Files”

How can I hide certain files or folders from "All my files" I'm developing a website with 100s of icons and now they making this section in finder quite redundant.
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How can I show only an .htaccess file in the Finder?

I'm a web developer. I really need to use .htaccess file. How can make Finder show only the .htaccess file and not all the file prefixed with .? I am running OS X Lion.
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Why do empty “Icon\r” or “Icon^M” files appear in directories?

There's an empty file called Icon^M occasionally in my directories. I guess this stuff predates OSX, and it's a file that gets created by the finder to be backward compatible with OS 9. Yet, this is ...
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Showing hidden files in specific directories?

I use this command quite often to show hidden files on my machine: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES Is there a way to show all hidden files only in specific directories. E.g. ...
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What is the location of background image set from Safari?

Safari allows you to set any image as desktop background right from the browser. Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane will then display it as Safari Desktop Picture. No filename, no ...
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Can you hide hidden files in specific folders (like the desktop) while keeping them shown everywhere else?

I work with hidden files all the time, but I like an uncluttered desktop. It would be nice to make files like .DS_Store, and .localized invisible just on the Desktop. Please note I am already aware ...
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Enter a filename in the File Open dialog

Can I enter a path to a file and its name instead of selecting a file in Mac OS X file dialog? I tried just typing into an open dialog but it will just try to "Go to a folder", it won't accept a full ...
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Autodeleting resource forks on FAT disks

I totally hate to see those .dsstore and resource files on my Windows disks. Is there a free program that will autodelete those files on specified disks on logout/eject?
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Is it normal to have a hidden “.pdf” file in my “Downloads” folder?

Is it normal that there is "invisible" file (because I made all files visible) ".pdf" in my "Downloads" folder? Everything what I have in my downloads folder is: 170 6 Sep 22:40 . 1088 5 ...
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How do I delete a locked, invisible file in the Trash?

On an external disk (that contains a clone), the /.Trashes/501/Users/myusername/Desktop folder contains (within some subfolders) a locked invisible file that I cannot delete. The whole folder starting ...
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Prevent Apple Double Format Files on Remote Share/Disk

I have a web application on a local Linux Apache server that scans a folder for new files and then processes them. I have an SMB share to this folder and I use Path Finder to copy files over from my ...
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Why aren't mp3 files I deleted by accident showing up in the Trash?

I accidentally deleted all the mp3 files on my computer (as opposed to just the ones in my downloads folder). There were a lot of files (around 2,000) so it took a while to delete but now, although at ...
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Show Hidden Files OS X 10.7 Lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to show hidden files and folders in finder? How do I show the hidden files in OS X 10.7 Lion?
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Opt / Private Folder visible on HD?

for some reason my /opt /private folders are not hidden anymore while the rest of my finder's hidden files are. What would cause these to be visible again, and how do I change them back? I know it ...
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How to show hidden files and folders in finder?

I have a folder that starts with a dot . but unable to display them in Finder. How can I say that for folder X Finder should also display hidden files/folders?