A file which is not shown to the user in general circumstances.

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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?