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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...