question is in the title. There's some files that most Apple users don't need access to, but if you program you do need access to. in particular the bash profile. anyone know how to make these visible in the finder?
i'm using a macbook pro 10.6.8
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All you need to do is set the
AppleShowAllFiles preference to "true." From terminal:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles true
If you'd like to reverse the change, enter the following:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles false
For the changes to take effect, either restart the Finder or logout and back in.
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