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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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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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How To Keep 2 Folders In Sync Real-Time?

I would like to keep Keybase data folders backup up to my local computer with some kind of real-time file sync solution. Every time Keybase is opened, any local files sync to Keybase associated ...
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Rename file names in directory to creation timestamp with second precision

Is there an easy way to do this for files in a particular directory - to have their names be renamed to the file timestamp, with seconds level precision Clarification: For example, suppose a (Mac ...
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“Open with <application>” not working properly

I've noticed that when I try to open a file in any newly added applications, the application opens, but not the file. I've noticed this problem with multiple Wine versions, and also web-based games. ...
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how can I delete a pkg file on a mac?

I have a .pkg file for Malwarebytes on my computer. I can't send it to the trash nor delete it in any other manner. I would appreciate any suggestions.
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What process is changing my file permissions?

Every once in a while, I notice that something must have recursively changed all my files' permissions in my home directory to go-rx — so I do: $ find . -type f -exec chmod go+r {} \; $ find . -type ...
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Recover deleted file by inode

I had a crazy file named ''$\r' that I wanted to delete by inode. So I googled how to do it and found an example. Being half asleep and a few beers in, I typed in the inode in the example: find . -...
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Restore file to previously saved version?

Hey guys so I was using Xcode as a text editor to write a C code, and without paying attention I deleted the whole code I had on the file and somehow it got saved that way. When I noticed this (the ...
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Where could I check to remove temp stored personal files

Do Mac's save any cached versions of files so that if using someone else's laptop or borrowing own laptop to a relative for temp usage need to be aware to remove to avoid personal info being seen? E.g....
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Why is Mac OSX temp. directory in weird path

Comparing to Linux systems OSX default temporary directory seems to be in a weird path. I want to know why that is, at least how is this organized. Here are my observations: My echo "$TMPDIR" ...
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How could I check the number of files in a folder without counting them?

Is there a way to check the number of files in a folder on MacBook, other than manually counting them?
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How does one separate a Numbers spreadsheet with multiple (4) tabs into separate files?

I have been given a spreadsheet with 4 separate tabs/sheets. I would like to separate them into different files. I know that I can cut-and-paste and create new files but is there a simpler/easier way ...
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Finding a file in Finder with a script

someone please explain why this won't work. The script alone without the "if mainReturned = "File" then" works just fine but when I add it to another part of a script, things get weird. It highlights ...
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How do i delete a group of files ending with specific characters?

I'm trying to delete files that end with "_n.png" or "_s.png". How do i do that?
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Why doesn't spotlight return this file?

I am on macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. I created a file with Python but when I search for its name inside Spotlight (or Finder), it's not there. When I os.getcwd() and manually follow its path, it is ...

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