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Hide .DS_Store and .localized from Desktop only without 3rd party app

There is an app called XtraFinder which does exactly that - it shows hidden files while it can still hide those two files from Desktop only. Is it possible to do something like that without ...
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Folder Action for hiding files according to type

Here's what I need. I need a folder action that hides files according to their extensions. (I do not need a folder action that hides extensions for visible files.) This action needs to apply to every ...
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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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Where are my old (previous) iCloud files after upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

I previously had about 200 .txt files saved in iCloud via TextEdit. After installing the Yosemite (10.10), there is now a folder hierarchy in iCloud, and all my previous files seem to have ...
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Why Are My Cache Files & Other “Hidden” Files/Folders Visible? & How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

I hid mach_kernel and private, but the cache.db, cache.db-shm, cache.db-wal of both the system and user folder are, also, visible. Yesterday, I had to restore from a Time Machine backup because ...
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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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What is a 0-size file “Icon?” in a directory?

I just noticed in my ~/Copy directory there is a file named Icon? that is 0 byte. The file is only visible by a ls command. I'm just curious what for this file exists, does anyone know about it?
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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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How can Finder permanently show a specific file starting with a dot/period?

I have a folder on my Mac that I will set up to git-sync with a folder on my web server. I’d like to be able to see the .htaccess file in this folder without having to unhide hidden files all over the ...
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See all Apple Hidden Files

I came from Windows 2 years ago and I knew there were hidden files in all OS's. As Windows has the simple option to show them to you, I supposed that if I contacted Apple support they would tell me ...
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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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Display hidden files hot key on Mavericks gone?

On prior versions of OS X, it was possible to display hidden files in a Finder dialog box (Open, Save, etc.) using Command-Shift-Period. In Mavericks, that feature isn't working for me. Is there ...
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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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Get Info of a hidden file (to change its default app)

I have a hidden file (.htaccess). When I double click it I would like it to open with a certain app (Sublime Text for this particular file type). In order to set the default app I have to open the ...
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How can I open a hidden file in Text Wrangler?

I have a .bash_profile file in my Home folder but it is hidden. How can I open it with Text Wrangler (or any other text editor?)
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Show hidden files in SELECT folder only

How do I show hidden files in one directory only? I have a development folder that I'd like to see hidden files in, but I don't want to see hidden files anywhere else on my computer. Here is the code ...
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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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Is it possible to hide files from Terminal's ls?

I am saving some files because I need to reinstall OS X, and noticed oddly high numbers of files in some folders. Is it possible for malware to hide files from ls?
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Is there any way to show the hidden files at the end of Finder's file list?

I have Finder set to display hidden files/folders. This is rather inconvenient when I open my home folder however, given it contains a lot of them. Is there a way to change the alphabetical sorting ...
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Hidden files in archives

When I download any archive file and unpack it, it looks good, but if I copy it to usb stick or lan drive, windows clients see copy of each file with a dot in name. Looks like it's a mac os' system ...
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Hidden Folder not showing in Finder with show all hidden files

I have a FreeBSD server where I store my web files. One of the files I have been using for years has the naming convention ._Folder When I try to open this file in the Finder it doesn't even show, ...
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Dropbox vs .DS_Store: prevent syncing

How to prevent Dropbox from syncing .DS_Store files on OS X?
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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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How to show my .emacs file in finder?

I am new to Mac. I installed emacs, but I can't see my .emacs file in the finder. I can open the file from inside emacs, and I saved another copy on my desktop, but it's not showing.
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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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Hide globally specific files [duplicate]

I ran in the terminal: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES and I wonder how to hide some files like: .localized and DS_Store as they are messing around on desktop and other ...
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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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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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Single-purpose app to prevent .DS_Store creation under Mavericks

Asepsis is currently not working under Mavericks. It's, in my knowledge, the only single-purpose app existing for this job. Therefore, what is the less intrusive solution to prevent .DS_Store creation ...
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Hiding files in iOS

I have some videos on my iPhone 5S and I don't know if there is a way of hiding them like in other OSs (e.g., Symbian) or not. Does anyone know how to hide files (such as video or photo files) in ...
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Hidden folder without a dot at the start

On any unix machine, Mac included, files and folders with dots at the start are normally invisible. However, it seems that the Mac has it's own type of hidden folder. If I enable showing hidden files ...
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How do I prevent OS X from making “.filename” files?

I'm not sure of the consistency but sometimes OS X makes hidden .filename files where filename is a name of another file in the same directory. I want to know how to disable this since USBs I insert ...
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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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How to get Open File selector to show hidden files?

I would like my Open File selector to be showing hidden files. I am not sure if the same Open File module is shared among many applications that use it or each app has its own. The specific app I ...
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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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Is it possible to always show hidden/dotfiles in Open/Save dialogs?

It is possible to show so-called dotfiles/directories like .git or files/directories that have the Hidden attribute in the Finder by running defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles 1 ...
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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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Why doesn't Spotlight show invisible files that I know exist?

I am running Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and had to edit an invisible file as part of an Android project. While I eventually found it, Spotlight was of no help, since it could not find an invisible ...
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Autodeleting resource forks on FAT disks

I totally hate to see those .dsstore and resource files on my windows disks. There is a free program that will autodelete those files on specified disks on logout/eject?
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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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Visible Hidden Folder Disappears After Renaming it to [Dot Underscore]

I was temporarily changing the name of a folder before moving it. The name I randomly chose was "._". The folder immediately disappeared and Finder would not allow me to undo the operation. (I know; ...
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How do I show all hidden & invisible files on the command line (both .files and invisible flagged files)?

Is there a way to show only the hidden and invisible files in a directory using the command line? For instance ls -a | grep "^\." will show all the files hidden by a period as the first character, ...
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Preventing Spotlight from Indexing Files & Folders?

Spotlight is a very ingenious "tool" of OS X, attributable in no large part to its indexing feature. Hiding various files & folders is challenging even when using various encryption applications. ...
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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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Xcode is hidden in OS X 10.8.2

Now I am using OS X 10.8.2. I have installed Xcode 4.5 on my Mac. It has completely installed and I am able to open sample Xcode projects. The problem is Xcode is not displayed in the Application ...
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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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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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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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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 ...