I was hoping someone would be helpful with "ghost" files on an iMac.

With the VLC media player app. I was extracting JPEG files from a .VOB video file and saving them on my iMac.

When I looked for the files in the Mac SO X Finder and the Terminal (with UNIX commands) I could not see them. I knew they were there, but were apparently invisible, or ghost files.

I tried saving the same file from within VLC, but it complained the file already existed and did I want to replace it? So the file definitely existed. Again, I could not see the file in Finder nor Terminal.

As an experiment I used the Terminal to create a file of the same name. There should have been an error message saying the file already existed, but there was no error and I could write the file as if it was new. In theory, I should have overwritten the file I saved in VLC.

If the Finder or Terminal cannot see the JPEG files VLC extracted from the .VOB video file, then I'm back to square one.

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    My first guess is that VLC doesn't write them into the folder you think it should be writing them. Did you try to find them through Spotlight? Or by running find ~ -name YOUR.JPG in Terminal? – nohillside Nov 16 '18 at 7:48
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    Also, I assume that you use Cmd-Opt-S to create snapshots. What is the target directory in Preferences->Video set to? – nohillside Nov 16 '18 at 7:50

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