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A resource for storing information which is available for a computer program. Computer files can be considered as the modern counterpart of paper documents.

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Creating a handler for moving and deleting files

Is it possible to have a listener be called whenever a file is moved or deleted? Preferably, I would be able to abort the action, but this is not required. I would need to know the original and, if ...
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Broken “Install macOS Catalina” file

for some reason there exist this file in my desktop When I move it to the bin and try to empty I get this message: I have also tryied using the terminal: sudo rm -rf Install\ macOS\ Catalina.app/ ...
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How to sort (filter, move, delete) a huge number of files on a NAS

I have a NAS (Synology ds418), and I access it using my Macbook Pro (macOS 10.15.6) There is a folder with an unknown amount of files, and I need to classify them: delete some files filter some files ...
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Codesign states code object is not signed at all

I have noticed this before too on some executable files. Recently, I downloaded cmake and used codesign to check if it's digitally signed but it states, it's not signed at all: % codesign -v /Volumes/...
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Why does “Library.ahk_ts” keeps appearing in $HOME directory?

Running macOS version 11.0 (20A5374i) {aka "Big Sur Beta 8"} on a 16" MacBook Pro. I have noticed that a file named Library.ahk_ts keeps appearing in my home directory. I am trying to ...
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Searching for mac files of same name but in a different format

I have a batch of files and need to search/gather files of the same name but in another format (as opposed to manually searching for the files which would take forever!), eg. I have a list such as ...
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Is it possible to preview the .go file? [duplicate]

In my mac, if there is a xxx.txt file, I can use Space key to perview it. but if there is other expanded-name, such as xxx.go, xxx.mod, this way is not work. so, is there any other way to preview the ...
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Preview “Move to” Location Chooser

On macOS Catalina, in Preview, the "File"-"Move To..." menu command opens a minimal location dropdown list with what Preview thinks are the most common locations. My workflow ...
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Meaning of “Last Modified” date on files (installed from outside the AppStore)?

I installed the MySQLWorkbench app, but had to get it from outside the official App Store. I am using MacOS Catalina (10.15.5). So, I had to override the "warning" from Catalina, using the ...
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What date format was this file I downloaded in?

I downloaded a HTML template as a ZIP a few years ago and one of the files was in this form: 20160822105352-testing-1.html What sort of date format is that in, UNIX or some other?
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Can I convert .ifo files with Final Cut?

I need to convert .ifo files to upload to YouTube. I don't know how to determine what they are and how to convert / open them with Final Cut. Is this common knowledge to someone or how might I figure ...
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Automating sorting process for files in a folder based on same prefixes in their filenames

Okay, I have a directory that is the output directory for generated screenshots for a media player I use on a macbook (OS X High Sierra). I take a multitude of screenshots to review video files and I ...
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Path to iOS ‘On My iPod folder

I have a iPod touch 6 running the latest version of iOS 12. I want to somehow copy a local folder onto my laptop. The folder have about 3800 images on it and it takes up about a gigabyte of storage. I ...
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Finder 'find' function finds nothing, no matter which directory is searched [duplicate]

Simple as that. Whatever I search (even copy pasting an existing file's name) finds 0 results. Doesnt matter if i search my mac or the current directory, it always comes up with 0 results. I tried ...
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Remove any numbers at the front of a file name or remove the first two numbers for Mac

I have a thousand files that are named like this... 01 heartbeat a.wav 02 heartbeat b.wav 03 heartbeat c.wav I'm looking for a terminal command that will remove the numbers at the front of the name. ...
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What is the purpose of Docker.raw file on Mac OS Catalina?

I have Docker installed on my Mac OS Catalina and recently found very big file Docker.raw. It is 64 Gb. Is it really needed? And if so, why is it so big ?
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How can I find all the files on my Mac that have any named forks?

How can I, from either the command line, any of the included tools, or some third-party tool, go through all the files on my Mac and list any that use "named forks". Such files should be very rare ...
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Is there a way to list all file type associations for a program?

For example, list all file type associations that exist for BBEdit so I can change them all to Atom or vice versa (using the suggestion here: How to change multiple file type associations on the Mac ...
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Damaged and can't be opened file issue on Catalina [duplicate]

I am receiving an error of "tzllftiofbfx" is damaged and can't be opened with a show in finder option. But when i search for this i cannot find it on my computer.
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Hide specific filetypes in finder

SWIM works on a lot of different Ableton Live projects and has more than 25,000 '.asd'-files on their computer. On macOS dot-files are hidden by default in finder, does anyone know if it's possible to ...
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How to change default folder/file permissions for file sharing

I have 3 Macs on the network. Each has a Standard User account that is using the Mac. User A has a folder with files that other user (B & C) can access. When I first copied a bunch of files from ...
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Open .webm files with VLC automatically on Safari

Currently on Safari I can copy the address of a .webm video file and play it in VLC by opening it with the "Open Network" option. If I open a .webm file on a page alone it defaults to downloading the ...
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~$ files created when transferring files from MacOS to thumb drive

I am facing this issue on Catalina where ~$ files are created when transferring/copying files from MacOS to thumb drive. The ~$ files are sometimes created and appearing from different folders. The ~$ ...
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Recently deleted in Files app wont permanently delete

I’ve got a number of files from “On my iPad” deleted and currently in the “Recently deleted” section of the Files app. But I’ve tried numerous times and in numerous ways to permanently delete these ......
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Why might a oui.txt file have appeared in my home directory on my MBP?

oui.txt has "suddenly" appeared. I don't know how/why. It's 4.1MB, so it's probably this: https://linuxnet.ca/ieee/oui/ Sanitized oui.txt Wed, 12 Feb 2020 03:10:16 -0400 • 4.1 MB (4,050,564 ...
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CSV from Windows Server Unable to open on Linux/Mac

A small CSV file that was generated on a Windows server is not opening correctly on Linux/Mac. The only way to open this file is via MS Excel for Mac, which gives the following prompt: The CSV file ...
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Creating a New TXT Document within a Newly-Created Folder

I'm building an Applescript that currently creates a new finder folder inside a certain folder: tell application "Finder" activate make new folder at folder "RecUp Memos" of folder "Dropbox" of ...
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How to view Hidden Files in Finder? [duplicate]

I have some .m2 files which I need to copy from Finder in Mac but I don't see them there. How can I see the hidden files in Finder. One workaround is to open the folder in terminal and use ls -a ...
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Change “Open With” from terminal [duplicate]

How do I change the default program to open a file on Mac? For example, I want docx-files to be opened with Word 2011 instead of Word 2019.
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How to resolve a '“file” is damaged and can't be opened' problem on Catalina? [duplicate]

This error message continually pops up, "geohxjhmvzab" is damaged and can't be opened. I have searched, via FINDER, for the file, but to no avail. I have also attempted to delete the file via ...
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“qnmqkmkrqwfq” is damaged and can’t be opened , even though i set Allow applications downloaded from: Anywhere

i just finished updating my Macbook pro to macOS Catalina and after the installation finished i got this error message that keeps reappearing. i do not know or have a file named "qnmqkmkrqwfq" (i ...
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._File created on USB [duplicate]

When I transfer my photos from MAC to USB, a ._file is created as duplicate. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? I can only see the file on my digital photo frame not on the USB
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Where are iCloud documents stored in the file system? [duplicate]

Where are iCloud documents stored in the file system? Under Finder you can find the iCloud directory, however 'Get Info' gives absolutely no clue as to where these files are located in the file ...
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ipad: “Recents” in safari fileupload offers outdated document version

When selecting recent in safari fileupload on ipad, the version of the files offered there tend to be not the current version of the file. In more details: In goodnotes5, I export the current ...
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Is it safe or beneficial to compress a .photoslibrary file?

I am trying to create external backups of all my digital data in case something bad were to happen. Is it safe, or even beneficial, to compress a .photoslibrary file to store on an external device for ...
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Parsing or decoding .pluginPayloadAttachment files?

Messages.app now stores links in the sqlite attachment database as files with ".pluginPayloadAttachment" extension. I have no idea how to parse these. Running them through xxd reveals some ...
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Can I download all the files under File app without copying them on iPhone?

I want to download locally all the files under a directory in the File app on iPhone, but there seems to be no option but selecting all the files and copy them. However, I want to just download all ...
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File stacking app for Sierra 10.12.6

Is there an app in the App store or a similar future/addon somewhere that gives the opportunity to throw files onto stacks on the Desktop of a Sierra system?
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Catalina duplicates files open in text editors after restart

Problem: After macOS update to Catalina, when the computer shuts down with a text editor open (VSCode) or IDE (webstorm and the likes), it automatically generates files adding a 2 . eg index.html ...
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Where are Photos projects stored on the drive?

I've asked Apple Developer Support, regular Apple Support, and high-level Apple Support. They all said to ask on the Apple Developer Support Forums. I figured I'd ask here as well because I have much ...
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How to quickly switch between two versions of a file

In more detail, I need to have a simple command or something else that I can trigger that will switch a certain file between two versions. The two file versions will not change, just need to switch ...
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Cannot delete {Documents, Desktop} folders from iCloud Drive

NOTE: Please don't simply link me to an existing similar question unless it offers an approach I haven't tried. I have researched thoroughly, and spent several hours on this. My iCloud Drive is full. ...
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What does MacOS actually do when open a file?

Background of this question: I built an application by LabVIEW to open .tdms file, and I know it can receive arguments that pass to it because following code works just fine: open -a /Application/My....
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What is this unknown executable on my boot volume? Is it Malicious?

I noticed I had this file in the Macintosh HD folder. And then when I click on it, it shows this: Apparently this file was created in 2017, but I don't remember creating it. Any idea what it could ...
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Mac OS wont open a file if the App is open - Need to quit the app every time to open files

Long time Mac user but never had this problem before and it's driving me nuts. Every time I open a file by double clicking on it, it will refuse to open if the application is already open. Weirdly it ...
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Getting error -1426 when trying to transfer files from iPhone via iTunes File Sharing

I'm getting error -1426 when trying to transfer files from iPhone via iTunes File Sharing. I'm on iOS 12.4 and macOS 10.14.6. iPhone is XS Max 256GB and Mac is MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) ...
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Changing date created of bulk files to 9 hours before

I have 3000 files which all have different dates in which they were created. For example a file has a date created timestamp of: 1 August 11:05. How can I use the terminal to change the timestamp to 9 ...
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How to prevent macOS from putting icons on some areas of the desktop?

I have a 49" 5120x1440 ultrawide monitor with some windows always open on the sides and I don't want any kind of item hidden behind them (for example, mounted external drive, downloaded/copied file, ...
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Locked file that I can't remove

Long story short, I downloaded a file as a replacement for an app that no longer works on Catalina (macOS 10.15). This file is locked, and I cannot chmod it to let me unlock it. Even sudo fails. I ...
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Free space in iCloud not less even after having deleted all files in iCloud Drive

I have moved all the files located at "Documents" and "Desktop" folder to /home/tmp folder. Also I have deleted all the files in icloud.com, but whenever I check the iCloud Storage, it's still the ...

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