/Applications folder from Finder I can see it contains the ootb Apple app
ls -alh /Applications from a terminal does not list the
TextEdit.app from Finder into the terminal inserts a path of
/System/Applications/TextEdit.app (on MacOS Ventura 13.0.1).
/Applications a regular folder like any other or is it some kind of werewolf overlay of multiple folders which only appears to be a regular folder? How is this called and where is it documented?
I discovered this behavior after noticing that some ootb Apple apps stopped appearing in the Spotlight search, and then tracked it down to having added
/System under Settings > Siri & Spotlight > Spotlight Privacy > [excluded folders]. I assumed it makes no sense to include the entire
/System folder into spotlight indexing yet this appears to have this kind of side effects.