Until Yosemite, I could work in the Terminal and file system changes would be immediately updated in Finder. Now, however, Finder seems to be out of sync with the filesystem. Finder shows files I have moved or deleted as still being in the original folder.

I am at a loss to restore Finder's old behaviour. Things I have tried, to no avail:

  • rm .DS_Store; open .
  • Seeing that my whole Documents folder had become infected with the com.apple.quarantine attribute, removing it with xattr -drv com.apple.quarantine .
  • Checking the filesystem with Disk Utility; no errors reported.

It's not the problem described in Moving folder to Trash in Finder is not synchronized with Terminal, as any files I delete, I delete with rm.

Update: what does work is Force Quit...Restart Finder, which is a bit drastic.

1 Answer 1


Not necessarily a fix, but I use this to refresh Finder windows - works after changing file visibility too, rather than killing the Finder.

tell application "Finder"
    set theWindows to every window
    repeat with i from 1 to number of items in theWindows
        set this_item to item i of theWindows
        set theView to current view of this_item
        if theView is list view then
            set current view of this_item to icon view
            set current view of this_item to list view              
        end if
        set current view of this_item to theView
    end repeat  
end tell
  • Thanks; I will try this (if I knew what it was … automater? Looks like tcl, but wordy). Not hopeful of it working, though — I can have no finder windows open, then open a new one, and it shows me the file state from several hours ago. It has only started happening in Yosemite.
    – scruss
    Nov 26, 2014 at 12:36
  • It's Applescript. Make it an app or launch it from a key command in Automator etc [I don't use Automator personally so I'm no use on that front]
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 26, 2014 at 13:10
  • Thanks - just as an update, the script doesn't do anything. New files aren't showing unless I restart Finder
    – scruss
    Nov 26, 2014 at 15:05
  • ah, ok; thanks for the heads up. There's something deeper to it then, I guess. it works fine for hiding/showing dot files etc - though the Finder already knows they're there.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 26, 2014 at 18:54

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