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How can I open a file in its default application from the command line in OS X?

How can I open a file in its default application from the command line? For example if I have a file foo.doc, can I type command ./foo.doc into the CLI and have that file open in Word? Note: on my ...
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What happens at a low level when a directory from Finder is dragged to an app icon, such as TextMate?

The directory that was dragged will then open in the application it was dragged to (if the app accepts the path). What happens at the low level? How does the application know it can open that path? ...
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View another user's files in OS X

Is there a way to (temporarily) view another user's file on OS X other than to change the permissions of the file? I'd like the OS to ask for the user name/password. I guess what I'm looking for is ...
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Why is a command line change to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist not effective immediately?

When the Info window of Finder is used to associate files of a particular type with an application: the preference is effective immediately. When Terminal is used to make a comparable addition ...
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1answer
776 views

How can I make OS X recognize new file extensions?

In Finder.app, you can hit Enter to edit the name of the currently selected file or folder. OS X will automatically select only the file name part, not the extension: This is very useful, because ...
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2answers
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Define order of label color in Finder

I have ordered labeled PDF files with the colors green (very good), orange (ok) and red (bad). When I order my files after labels I get: Green Orange Yellow But I want to have Green Yellow ...
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4answers
814 views

How can I create a keyboard shortcut to access a specific folder in Finder?

I have been using Total Commander as a file manager on Windows for years. There is one feature I miss a lot in Finder: a shortcut to one specific folder. Saying I have a folder ~/Downloads, ...
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3answers
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How can I compare file structures before and after a software install?

I'm writing a new formula for Homebrew for some software I maintain and as part of my testing I'd like to ensure that files are only added to the correct places on install and that all files are ...
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2answers
588 views

How do you list items with and without labels from the terminal?

Is there a command that can tell the label status (labels as applied in the info menu in the finder cmd+i) of an item from the command-line in OS X? Essentially, I just want to list all the items with ...
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443 views

Is it possible to attach a file to an email from the command line?

I am often using the terminal, and I'd like to be able type a command that will attach a selected file to an email in mail.app. :~ mailme myfile Any idea on how to do that?
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Information/File Manager

I'm looking for a file manager application which helps to organize a large amount of movies, pictures, music, text documents, databases, audio-books and ebooks. Right now I only use the Finder which ...
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2answers
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What breaks if I delete the folders named Public and Sites?

The default home folder on Mac OS X has folders named Public and Sites. I never use them, so what will possibly break if I delete them?
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3answers
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How to check what's locking a file?

I noticed that sometimes Mail.app locks files. The lock itself allows for files to be moved to Trash, but doesn't allow Trash to be emptied. (Perhaps Trash should be renamed Thrash in this case) Is ...
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1answer
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What is a .apple extension?

What is a .apple extension? I am recovering some files and I recovered several files with the .apple extension.
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2answers
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How do I view .wtv files in OS X?

I have a Windows 7 Media Center machine for our family's DVR. It creates recorded TV files in a .wtv format (used to be .ms-dvr in the Vista days). We have a laptop running Lion that I'd like to ...
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6answers
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Unsaved Files in OS X Lion

Where do unsaved files go in Lion? I quit TextEdit without saving since I had no intention of saving, but with autosave the file still got save somewhere since when I reopen TextEdit the file I was ...
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4answers
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Hide ONLY .app file extensions but show the rest

Is there a way to hide ONLY .app file extension? I know that you can enable or disable the visibility of file extensions in Finder but I'm interested in avoiding .app file extensions from showing up. ...
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2answers
154 views

How to customize “Kind”s in the Finder

Is there a way to customize the Kinds in the Finder in any way? I'd like to set up my own custom kinds to make it easier to sort files in Finder views. I know that I can use the Get Info palette to ...
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4answers
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Choose a default app for opening files with no extension?

Is it possible to set a default application to open files with no extension? I'm not referring to files with hidden extensions, but those completely lacking an extension -- e.g. README, CHANGELOG, ...
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1answer
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What does the “Stationery Pad” option do?

Under the General section of a file's File Info, there is a checkbox for Stationery Pad and Locked. The Locked option is pretty straightforward, but what does Stationery Pad do?
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What orthodox file manager for OS X could I use?

I'm looking for a graphical file manager fro OS X, for console Midnight Commander is ok. I need two panels, function keys operations and preferably FTP and SCP support. Also, it would be great to be ...
2
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1answer
158 views

Is there an attribute that can show which process created a file?

Now, I can find out which processes are opening files dynamically. However, for a file on my filesystem, is there a way to find out which process created the file? I'm trying to differentiate a file ...
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1answer
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Where are Services stored?

I created a service using Automator and noticed that it created a .workflow file in ~/Library/Services. Is this the same file that handles the service that I see under (Application's Name) > Services? ...
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1answer
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Does osx file organization works like Ubuntu's?

I mean, does mac have a "home" folder, and if I want to format and reinstall the system, it'll not affect my home folder? And the Desktop is a folder within the home folder?
2
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1answer
775 views

OSX: Is there a way to change the default behavior of copy/move overwrite?

Problem: Many of my friends are moving to OS X and are frustrated that, unlike Windows and *NIX systems, copying/moving a folder (with sub-folders) deletes the destination folder if a folder of the ...
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4answers
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Cutting and pasting files

OS X doesn't allow me to cut files. Are there any applications to enable this?