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

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Hotkey to show hidden files and folders in File Open dialog?

This question is very similar to Is it possible to always show hidden/dotfiles in Open/Save dialogs?. How to show hidden files and folders in finder? is also related. However, I don't want to always ...
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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?
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Is it possible to always show hidden/dotfiles in Open/Save dialogs? [duplicate]

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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Unable to show hidden files on Mac

I just received a new MacBook, running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5, from my new employer and I am unable to force hidden files to show in Finder. This is my fourth MacBook, and in the past I have always ...
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Play/pause button on MacBook Pro

On my MBP (early 2015 /osx El Capitan), when I press play/pause button some music is played without any software (no iTunes, no Spotify, no vlc are launched)... When I search the music/video in finder,...
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Show hidden files from windows PC on Mac

I created some hidden files in windows and copied them on pen drive. Now i want to see those files in Mac but not able to see. please tell how i can see those files ? thanks
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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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What do ._Desktop and ._Library do?

In my home directory, there are two files called ._Desktop and ._Library. They have read and write permissions, but cannot be read, even with root. What do these files do? Is there any way to modify ...
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Disable semitransparent hidden file icons

I have enabled hidden file visibility on OS X El Capitan 10.11, and the files are semitransparent. Is there a way to make them solid like all other files?
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Where is this sneaky eBook sample?

I know, I know, this question seems to have been asked before, but it's not the same question. Other answers claim ebooks downloaded from the iBooks Store are placed in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple....
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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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Unhide invisible files from the command line

By default, a number of system directories (such as ~/Library) are hidden in OS X (ie. they don't appear in Finder): I know I can do this through the GUI but I would like to add a script to my ...
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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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Find all hidden files that were hidden using the command “chflags hidden filename”?

I remember to hide an important file, but I can't find it anymore and I don't remember the name. I don't remember how I hid it, i.e., if just by inserting a prefix of . or using chflags hidden ...
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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, 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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Using rsync to backup

I currently back up the contents of an external hard drive A by (1) deleting everything in the destination external hard drive B and (2) copying everything from A to B (in Finder). The external hard ...
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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 to set ⌘ + H to enable show hidden files

I want my Mac to show hidden files when i hit ⌘ + H (like ubuntu). I can see hidden files by putting this defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES command in terminal but i want to get a ...
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Show/Hide hidden files without restarting finder?

I came to understand that the following is the way to toggle the visibility of hidden files: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES # replace YES with NO to hide hidden files killall -...
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What I can delete from /private/var/vm?

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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Showing hidden files on the desktop. Is there a way to remove .DS_Store on desktop only?

I hope I do not have to disable the hidden file visibility in order to disable .DS_Store from appearing on the desktop. .DS_Store constantly gets in the way in the desktop but not in any other ...
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Hidden folders in home directory

Launching a simple ls -a from Terminal in my home directory I found out that there are a couple of hidden folders I was not aware of: .cups and .jssc. I don't really know what those things are and I ...
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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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How to configure Finder to let me rename dotfiles?

I always have hidden files set to 'visible' in Finder, because I'm a developer and I work with a lot of dotfiles. But even with this setting, Finder won't let me rename a file beginning with a dot. ...
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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 isn'...
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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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Search for .bashrc or other dotfiles in Finder

When I search for files in my home folder that have a filename equal to ".bash_history", I don't get any results, even though that file is there. How can I search for dotfiles in Finder? (I know how ...
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how to see all files on external hard drive

I have 200g of content on my 500g External Hard Drive but according to "get info" 471g of space is being used up, what am I not seeing? (To arrive at 200g I manually added all folder sizes using 'get ...
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Force hiding of dot(.) files on installer

hope this is the right place. So I have an issue where if someone has AppleShowAllFiles set to YES on their machine, when they open the installer all the usually hidden dot-preceeded files are visible ...
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In non-native applications, in the Open File dialog, I can see hidden files but I can't select them

I have a problem with some non-native mac software (Perforce Diff and Kdiff3). When I use the Open File Dialog, I can see the hidden files, but I can not select them or interact with them at all. ...
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Can't see hidden files with Standard user

I am using my Mac as a Standard user. Running latest OSX 10.10.3 I have used the following command from terminal: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowALLFiles YES But I still can't see my ...
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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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What is “sperion”?

I'm cleaning up my boot drive & have come across a unix executable file located @ /private/tmp/sperion about which I can't seem to find any information at all. What is "sperion"? This may be an ...
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What are all these extra hidden files (with hash digests) that I can only see when running “ls”?

Since upgrading to Yosemite, there seems to be an extra class of hidden files that are 'more hidden'. They are visible when I run ls, but not in my Finder (even though regular hidden files are visible ...
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Show hidden all files, but hide some

I am trying to show all files and hide some. I know about the command: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES But that shows even files that I have hidden with chflags hidden. ...
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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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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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Show UNIX directories in Finder?

I want to know how to show the UNIX directories (/usr, /etc, /dev, ...) in the Finder, but not all the files starting with a '.' (Basically everything you see when you ls /) Everything I've found on ...
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What are these files in my “~/Library/Safari/” folder?

So, I was messing with this folder and while doing this I turned show hidden files on and saw some strange files. These are the names of them, and sizes .dat8ad4.007 (733K) .dat011e.000 (704K) ....
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Does Spotlight index dotfiles (OS X Yosemite)?

I want to create an Alfred workflow with some dotfiles (i.e. zsh config files). Long story short, in Alfred, I only can play with files indexed by Spotlight. Apparently, Spotlight doesn't index ...
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Does a `.hidden` configuration file for Finder exist?

Is there a way to hide files and folders from Finder like I do with Nautilus using .hidden config file? On Nautilus I can create a file named .hidden and put inside it a list of files I want to hide. ...
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How to display tagged files inside hidden directories?

Keeping hidden files hidden, how can I see content inside hidden directories using Finder tags. I can assign a tag to directory A, but it does not show in Finder when I list all tag-tagged content. ....
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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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Find all hidden “.idea” folders in system [duplicate]

I am using PHPStorm 8 for programming. PHPStorm automatically creates a hidden folder called ".idea", where all project-specifiy settings are stored. How am I able to find all these ".idea" folders ...
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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 folder,...
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Save file to hidden directory with standard OS X save dialog

Using TextEdit, when I try to save example.txt to some hidden directory, for example ~/Library, I can't because save panel doesn't show them. The only way I found was to save file to non-hidden ...
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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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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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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 ...