I've just migrated from an old MBP to a new one. I had a folder Transmachina in the root in which I keep a large SVN working copy. I just copied this over with cp -R but on the new machine this folder is greyed out in Finder, and I can't navigate into it.

In terminal, I can access it fine as my user (no sudo) and the permissions are:

drwxr-xr-x   56 nic   wheel    Transmachina

which are the same as on the old machine. Both are running 10.8.2, but the old machine was 10.5 when originally purchased and configured.

Update: xattr -l Transmachina doesn't show anything at all.

Any ideas on how I can fix this?

  • Does xattr -l show any extended attributes?
    – Lri
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 13:10
  • What is the name of the folder?
    – nohillside
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 18:24
  • I've updated the question with the folder name "Transmachina" - it's not a reserved name or anything Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 18:07

1 Answer 1


I found my answer here: http://stephenmonro.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/the-best-file-management-utility-for-mac-osx/

Use a command like this on the folder:

SetFile -d 06/13/2011 PATH/


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