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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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Why did AirDrop change the file time attribute for one of my photos?

I was copying over one of my photos from the Photos app using the AirDrop share option. Once the file copied over to my Mac I was very surprised to notice that the created and modified file time ...
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Combining lots of photo folders

I have lots of photo folders, including some with duplicates. I want to end up with a master set which contains everything, with no duplicates. I was wondering what would be the best way to do this? I ...
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How to change the Spacebar Preview behavior?

I have some text file types that do not show their contents when I use the space preview feature on Mac. For example, the markdown files (md) show their content correctly, but dart files (dart) do not ...
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How to stop constant re-upload/re-download of my iCloud files?

I recently acquired a MacBook Pro (Retina), OS Monterey, and turned iCloud syncing on for Documents and Desktop. It had downloaded (made local copies) more than 200GB of files from my iCloud, then ...
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Create a shortcut for opening file paths

in my office we're using Dropbox as our file server and we're sending a lot of file paths all the time. I'm looking for a way to speed this up. I know how to change the shortcut cmd + option + c so ...
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Find out which process creates a file/directory [duplicate]

There's a file and a directory that gets created semi-randomly and I'm struggling to find out which process is creating it. After deleting the file, it will get recreated later (more details about ...
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`/tmp/` is filled with numbered empty files over time (`0000000011xxxxxx`) [duplicate]

On my MBP, /tmp/ fills up with empty files named 0000000011608c4c, 0000000011944a47 etc. They're owned by root:wheel and a lot of them are created at once at seemingly random times: $ ls -ltr /tmp/...
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Monitor file access, according to pid

I was wondering how can I use lsof to run in streaming mode, so it will print all files access (RWX) from a specific process (pid). Also, maybe there's a way to use lsof to catch only files that were ...
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AppleID reports storage smaller than the size of the Photos Library on the Mac

Several days ago, after posting this question, I surrendered to Apple and ticked the box to synch Photos between my iMac (macOS 12.2.1, 1TB SSD, not Fusion) and my iPhone and MacBook Air via iCloud. &...
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Random "The document could not be autosaved. You don't have permission." messages despite having permissions

Since I got a new computer, I'm getting the following message all the time: The document could not be autosaved. You don't have permission. This means my documents aren't being autosaved for some ...
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Is it safe to delete Microsoft-"Clones" from Library/Caches?

I tried to clean up my mac and get back storage. I tripped over a 1,98GB Folder in the Caches Folder containing a Microsoft Excel Application. its in /Library/Caches/com.microsoft.autoupdate.helper/...
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Can't select files or folders in dialog box

Every time I want to save or open a file from any program (Chrome, Keynote, Numbers, Safari,...) on my 2021 MBP, when the dialog box opens I can't click on any of the folders or files, nor can I click ...
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Import old Voice Memo files to new Voice Memos apps and maintain original dates metadata?

Since Voice Memos no longer live in iTunes/Music and now have their own macOS app that syncs with iCloud, I'd like to import quite a number of old Voice Memos from throughout the years that I ...
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What gets passed when sending a file in share sheet?

While Working with Pythonista and Siri Shortcuts, I was wondering what convention Apple uses when passing a file through share sheet:
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New MacBook Pro will not allow for Bluetooth file push into it from other device

I own two MacBook Pro computers: MacBook Pro built in 2012, running macOS Catalina Version 10.15.7. MacBook Pro built in 2021, running macOS Monterey Version 12.0.1. I have a Bluetooth-capable ...
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Where Safari 15 store tabs opened in groups?

"Regular" tabs (tabs not opened in groups) are stored in ~/Library/Safari/CloudTabs.db but tabs opened in Tab Groups aren't there, so where are they stored?
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How do I get iCloud Drive to sync again when folders suddenly get duplicated?

I've got iCloud Drive on a computer that runs Windows 10. In the beginning all folders from iCloud.com synced to the local iCloud Drive folder. Then, at some point some of the files and folders ...
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What's the most appropriate directory where to place 'development software' and 'files' shared between users?

In Linux (Ubuntu in my case) if exists many users, each one with its home directory, such as: /home/alpha /home/beta /home/omicron to share development software and files between/among users I've ...
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Can't delete “.sass-cache” because its pathname is too long

I get the error Can't delete “.sass-cache” because its pathname is too long. when I try to empty my bin. sudo rm -rvf ~/.Trash/* doesn't work, it returns zsh: no matches found: /Users/cmiksche/.Trash/...
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a working jpeg won't open in Apple Preview

I just bought a new trail camera. It takes 12 MP jpeg pictures. When I try and open the jpegs with Preview, I get an error message that the file is damaged or an unrecognizable file format. The ...
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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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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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Delete metadata

There is a program provided by Apple to see most of the metadata in a file. It is nice to have the metadata 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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