Is it possible to open the
/dev/ directory in Finder? If not why? Is it on some kind of exclude list?
I would like to use a GUI to list the files there on macOS Catalina.
Is this possible?
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Looking at what Finder (1) does using Hopper reveals that there are indeed hard-coded exclusion paths, and it rewrites paths starting with
You can verify this by pressing Command+Shift+G and entering a path starting with
/dev/ -- i.e.
/dev/foo. You'll be presented with
(1) Located at
It’s not clear if Finder has a special case to avoid this folder, but no - it doesn't want to show that folder.
Normally, I would try the go to functionality using a key shortcut of shift-command-G (or use the pointer and the go menu of Finder) and type in /dev
Now, most unix directories are hidden, so toggle hidden files with shift-command-. (period) and you will see it's notably absent.
I’ll keep poking at this, but for now, my Catalina Macs don’t want to show you this in Finder.
A possible solution is to use ForkLift.