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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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Disk drill is showing files, but they are not accessible in finder

I'm having the common issue where I have a ridiculous amount of storage taken up by "other", and have enlisted disk drill to help work out where the culprits are. In disk drill, I have ~90Gb ...
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hidden files named "Icon?" on my macbook pro cannot be removed [duplicate]

In some of the folders, there is a hidden file Icon? (filesize 1.3MB; not icon of file, but filename being Icon?). Once I rename or remove it, it appears immediately again. What created these Icon? ...
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Big Sur Finder iPhone File transfer to Mac external drive - over 24,000 files in a directory

I'm trying to transfer a directory on an iPhone, using Finder on Mac. One of the subdirectories contains over 24,000 files. The transfer takes a long time and it seems that the files are slowly ...
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Flattening/extracting from folders with duplicate file names in correct order, is this possible in finder/terminal/any app?

I know the trick of command F and searching within multiple folders to copy paste and get out different named files from folders quickly, but I often come across horrible folders like this with the ...
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Sort files into folders based on first two digits of filename?

I constantly get hundreds of .pdf files I would like sorted into folders based on the filename. The filenames are made up of a couple elements, although only the first string of letters and the first ...
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Automator - Open Windows File Path On Mac

I am trying to create an Automator service that allows a user to highlight a link that has been emailed by a Windows user, and have it open to the equivalent SMB share on a Mac. For example: Windows ...
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Where did the AdvanceKeyBase folder in /Users/Shared come from?

Where did the AdvanceKeyBase folder in /Users/Shared come from ? Its owned by root with group wheel there's also a hidden folder called Key-Base with the same permissions / ownership. It's a recent ...
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File Management advice needed (Adobe Lightroom Classic)

I'm finally getting around to moving my old Aperture library (~150,000 images) into Lightroom Classic and need a bit of advice regarding file management. Here is my scenario: All of my images (from ...
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Open Downloads folder on iPhone when a file is added

I'm on an iPhone 11 Pro running iOS 14. Is there a way to open the Downloads folder in the Files app whenever a new file is added?
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"Illegal byte sequence" when trying to rm a file

When I try running this command rm -rf node_modules I get this error: rm: node_modules/core-js/core/function.js: Illegal byte sequence How can I fix it?
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Are emoji color preferences stored somewhere on MacOS?

So I want to programmatically detect which color I used last for an emoji, e. g. if I used the 👌 emoji with the darkest skin tone (👌🏿) last, is there a place where that information is stored?
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How do I give PyCharm access to my /private/etc/hosts file?

How do I give PyCharm access to this file?
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Is there a way to reverse changes done to a txt file in Documents by Readdle?

I wanted to open a txt file on my iPhone/iOS. When I clicked the file in iOS file app, it opened up in Documents app automatically. I then before I knew it managed to overwrite some codes/passwords I ...
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Can't move files or folders to some positions

As you can see in the below video, I can not move files or folders to some positions on desktop. There is nothing that blocks me to move. I couldn't solve what causes this problem. Sometimes the ...
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How to place file links in iCloud folder?

Background I moved from DropBox to iCloud. I have a fairly large document repo of scientific articles (mostly pdfs) and want a few of them linked into project folders which are shared so I can work ...
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Finder cannot see any files on NTFS mount

I installed osxfuse and ntfs-3g and it worked well till today to read NTFS partitions. Since today, after brew upgrade yesterday, Finder cannot see any file in NTFS root or folders, though they show ...
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Korean file name changes to symbols after downloading

file name in a webpage: file name after downloading:
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On which Mac OS versions could resource forks and named forks be accessed by "file/rsrc" and "file/..namedfork/myfork" paths?

In all versions of macOS and OS X I have access to from Mountain Lion to Big Sur, I can access the resource fork of any file or directory using the current syntax in the terminal: filename/..namedfork/...
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What does it mean to give apps access to Documents folder on Mac?

A lot of apps seem to request access to the Documents folder. Does giving them access mean they can both read/write anything in this folder? Isn't this very dangerous and doesn't that mean we really ...
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Difference Between Duplicating?

is there a difference between "exactly duplicate" and "duplicate"? File> Duplicate / Exactly Duplicate
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How can I make the draggable titlebar file icon always appear at the top of files in Big Sur?

I don't know the nomenclature for this, but there used to be always a little file icon at the top of say, a pdf or jpeg which could be dragged to put the file somewhere else (eg paste it into an email)...
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Is it a bad idea for a file name to contain space and capital letters?

When naming a file, (for example in OneDrive) is it a bad idea for the name to contain space and capital letters? Is there any potential conflicts it might cause? Should I use hyphen or underscore ...
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File upload dialog file picker groups files by sizes

When I use the file upload dialog to pick files it only shows some files In this example it says "from 10KB to 100 KB" how do I stop grouping files by size? I generally like to browse by ...
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Random popup out of nowhere: "Verifying file.."

As the title says, a popup appeared while I was on the internet, I was not on any sketchy website btw. I was not downloading anything either. All I saw was "Verifying file", I don't think it ...
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Is it a bad idea to have a folder and a notebook in a different folder with same name?

I just realized that I have a folder and OneNote Notebook (that is located in a another folder) with the same name. Is this a bad idea? Could the filesystem mix them up?
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macOS NO new file here, advantages? [closed]

On macOS Finder we don't have a new file here by default. So they created it somewhere else (https://langui.net/new-file-here/) and people have to pay extra for that. In principle it seems to me a new ...
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How to specify the target directory with mv?

I'm trying to move some files with GNU find on the command line, as in this answer: gfind path_A -name '*AAA*' -exec mv -t path_B {} + (added a 'g' prefix to find to use the Homebrew version of find.)...
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Backup file APFS - Access to files inside Backup Cluster for Windows Transfer!

My wife had some issues recently wrecking her Library cluster on her Mac, which was quite the wrong move to make space due to CalendarAgent spamming the drive space till the Mac crashes due to "...
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Protect a folder from access

The folders: desktop, documents, downloads, network volumes and more are protected by Catalina. Can I protect a folder in the same way as the one so that it is asked whether an application is allowed ...
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Problems with drawing in Preview

If I edit something on a file under Preview and want to mark something, for example, then everything I paint becomes a circle or a straight line. How can I get it so that I can draw how I want and ...
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Delete metadata

There is a program provided by Apple to see most of the metadata in a file. It is nice to have the met data clearly arranged, but the catch is that you cannot delete it or I don't know how to delete ...
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Cryptographic hash of resource fork

In macOS, do hashing tools (shasum, crypto libs, openssl, etc), only consider the files' data forks when calculating a digest? Does the resource fork just get ignored? If so can it be included?
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What is the technical term for the file-open capability of macOS programs?

What is the technical name of the following file-open capabilities of macOS programs? open a file that is dragged from the Finder onto the applications’s dock icon open a file from the "Open ...
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How to add image to file format .mp3 on a Mac?

I use a Mac and have artwork I would like to add as images to sound .mp3 file. I am aware that I can create a .mov file using QuickTime media player which is already built-in on my Mac, but I’d just ...
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Can I trace movement of files on macOS?

I would like to be able to collect data on file movement to filter it by time, type and/or size. Is there a procedure or third party app that will allow tracing of any file as it moves from a place of ...
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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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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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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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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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