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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 volumes.....
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 com....
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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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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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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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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.