Questions tagged [folders]

"Folder" is the colloquial term for "directory" or "subdirectory", an abstraction of the file system hierarchical divisions used to organize files, documents, applicatons and pieces of programming code.

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Automator steps to create relative path to parent folder

Directory structure.... --G - Action.app (this Automator app) - Random.app - Folder 1 - File A.a - File B.t - File C.q - Folder 2 - File D.a - File B.t - File C.q I click-drag ...
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What does `/usr/local/Cellar/` directory contain?

I often found software installed under the directory /usr/local/Cellar/, such as: /usr/local/Cellar/go/1.7.6 /usr/local/Cellar/minikube/1.23.2 ... What's the function of /usr/local/Cellar/ directory? ...
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Creating a "virtual" dir that wraps two (external) drives

I was wondering if MacOS Mojave (the most recent version I can be on due to some very expensive 32 bit applications) has a way to set up a "virtual" dir, or even virtual drive, that combines ...
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Applescript: How to get System Events to include subfolders in results?

This is a script that selects a random pdf from a particular folder and reveals it in Finder. But it only selects a pdf from the top level of the folder. How can I get it to look into subfolders as ...
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Documents folder permissions messed up

I installed an application from AppStore called "theBin" this afternoon. It's supposed to be a smart Trash bin -- the main feature I wanted is that it automatically clears files from Trash ...
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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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macOS Big Sur - Is "Documents" ""You have custom access" normal?

New to the MacBook and Big Sur. Did multiple searches, no results specific to my question. Is it normal for the "Documents" folder to only show under "Sharing & Permissions" ...
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MacOSX shell directory utilities very slow with large directories (millions of files) - any alternatives?

Due to a problem with contact synchronization (not sure what was the source of the problem, probably a program crash on powercut, which caused inconsistency in contact's database file), the ...
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Downloads from web browsers randomly bypass my downloads folder and go directly to my iCloud drive (desktop)

When I would download files, they would always automatically go into my downloads folder. I have not done anything recently except fix the indexing on this mac with a sudo command. Shortly after, ...
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How do I get my documents folder back from an external drive?

A while ago, I moved my Documents folder to my external drive to save space on my mac using this tutorial: Open Terminal Type in cd /Users/Your User ID/ Then ln -s /Volumes/External Drive Name/...
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What is ~/.local directory tree and two executables there?

I find that something has added ~/.local/bin to my $PATH and that the hidden ~/.local folder has the following structure: .local ├── bin │   ├── alex │   └── happy ├── lib │   ├── aws │   │   ├── bin │...
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Folder action scaffold

I'm a graphic designer and need an organized folder scaffold for all of my projects. I have a work flow now that: asks for the project name asks where the project folder needs to be stored then ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Apply to Enclosed Items?

I had to use this on Users/John Doe/Library/Application Support/Firefox to allow it to create profiles properly (I'm on Firefox Developer Edition), on my admin account. In general, what are the ...
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"Desktop" directory not appearing in user's Finder, but otherwise there

I can view the Desktop directory (and all its contents) by: Zsh: ls /Users/MyName gives a list of directories, including Desktop Minimising all apps. An iCloud shortcut to the left within Finder. ...
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What is the best way to deal with app-generated folders in the Documents folder?

There's a trend of third-party apps choosing to store settings, logs, and such in folders they create in the user's Documents folder. It bloats the Documents folder, which is meant to be a personal ...
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Hiding default folders via launchagent: not applying to documents

Bit of an odd one. Our organisation needs to allow some aspect of local storage access to accommodate work on large files without constantly writing to network drives. They work on these files and ...
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Can two MacOSes share some users or home folders?

I would like to create this partitioning on my mac. A partition A with MacOS version X. A second partition B with MacOS version Y. A third partition C with shared data. I would like to make ...
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Why does Finder modify the date even if you've not changed anything in the folder?

Using a MacBook Pro 2020, Big Sur 11.3. I've noticed recently when viewing folders via Finder that sometimes it modifies them to today's date. I did foolishly delete all .DS_Store files using this ...
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Does locking folders prevent .DS_Store being deleted in certain cases?

I deleted .DS_Store from folders via terminal using defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true as the command because the folders were the wrong font size, some size ...
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How to get an app (Yahoo Widgets) to not automatically create a folder in Documents?

So that's a really minute question, for the most detail oriented pros of Mac OS :) I'm using an old widget app, Yahoo Widgets, which I like for their Picture Frame desktop image slider. I'm not using ...
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MacOS Folder Actions: How to return files to original folder?

I'm looking for a way to send a file back to its original path after adding them to a folder. Specifically, if a file does not meet a criteria after being dropped at a folder, I want to send it back ...
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Find recently modified image files in subdirectories on external volume

I recently modified some JPGs in a complex directory structure on an external volume on MacOS Catalina. The format of the files was DSC_####.jpg or _DSC####.jpg. I want to find all such files and sort ...
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How share folder in QEMU with plan9/virtfs between MacOS host and Linux guest?

I am trying to run a Linux Debian with qemu with MacOS Big Sur host. Unfortunately virtfs doesn't work on Mac and there is no easy alternative that I have found. Is there a way to share folders with ...
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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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Mail box folder disappeared

Catalina 10.15.7, Mail 13.4 2015 iMac. My IMAP iCloud Mail setup has lots of mailboxes. Out of the blue, I see at the bottom of the left side: "Downloading 8,547 of 10,633 messages" I look ...
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Finder not searching specific folder

So when I search through finder on my mac, files in a specific folder won't show up. I can look at the files in the folder, but I can't search file names. This occurs both when I search "This Mac&...
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Weird folder setup in Big Sur compared to Mojave. Lots of questions

I just upgraded to Big Sur from Mojave. Why are there 3 Applications folders in Big Sur? One listed on main hard drive which seems to contain everything Another in system folder: only some programs ...
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How can I export a list of files within a volume or folder?

I would like to export a list of files contained in a Volume into legible text, or a spreadsheet document that I can easily share. Things I have tried so far that didn't work: TextEdit: If I select ...
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Big Sur update changed Home/Documents folder behavior with Dropbox

I have used Dropbox for 8+ years. I used symbolic links to map the Mac home folders to Dropbox until that would not work (about 1.5 years ago). So came up with the following process to move home ...
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Experiencing issues with saving documents and accessing user accounts after moving Home folder

Recently I had a larger (2 TB) secondary SATA SSD installed in my iMac (running Big Sur) in order to incorporate data from several external HDDs that are nearing the end of their effective lifespan. ...
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Renamed an icloud drive folder with the .tmp extension and files have disappeared

I read that I could rename a folder to have the..tmp extension to prevent it syncing over. I did this to a folder that had some confidential files, but I renamed the folder in my icloud drive and the ...
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Can you monitor a folder for changes?

Let's say I have a folder that is located in "/tmp". Let's say it is called myfolder "/tmp/myfolder" and I would like to protect this folder or I would like to be notified if ...
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Cannot open folders in ~/Documents via alias or recent items

I am having a similar issue as outlined in this issue but with the added problem of I cannot open any folder located in ~/Documents via an alias or recent items. All that opens when I try is just the ...
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Enable confirmation window when a folder is moved or deleted

On Mojave I would like to enable a confirmation window every time a user tries to drag a folder to a new location or delete a folder in Finder. Any kind of confirmation window in Finder. I also need ...
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A "Library"-folder appeared in my Documents folder on Mac, Is that normal?

After starting my computer I have seen a new folder called "Libary" that appeared in my documents folder on macOS. I can't access it, because, according to the prompt, I don't have ...
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Big Sur - No "Create New Folder" option when using the finder to download files

Since I've upgraded to Big Sur, the "Create New Folder" option has disappeared from Finder when it is opened in the context of downloading a file. Here's an example: A colleague sent me a ...
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Enable Finder "Calculate all sizes" checkbox by default

Finder > Show View Options > Calculate all sizes This option causes Finder to calculate the sizes of all files and folders and display their sizes in the Finder list view columns, rather than a ...
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Default folder icons missing after user account rename

I started using a MacBook Air M1, macOS Big Sur 11.2. When I created the user account I selected a lowercase name for the home directory. Later, I wanted to change that to a first uppercase name. I ...
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Remove file association for folders

So, I'm developing software, where I organize code in different folders. I got a folder named Company.Software.Logic. This is used on different OSes (developer chooses him/herself). But beeing on Mac, ...
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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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Remove duplicate files from TargetFolder that are also in SourceFolder -- if they have same filename

This is a clarified version of a question asked two days ago. I'd like to remove files from TargetFolder that are also in SourceFolder (what I was calling a reference directory) -- but only if they ...
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Hexadecimal folders showing in the App folder on Macbook Pro, Big Sur

On my Macbook Pro running BigSur, in the App folder, I see other subfolders with hexadecimal names 00 through ff. If I delete these, they eventually reappear. Some of the folders contain a file ...
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How to automatically store photos clicked on iPhone 11 to a specific folder?

Android phones usually have an option where all the photos clicked on the camera go to a separate folder. How do achieve this (or something similar) on iPhone? All my pictures and videos from any ...
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Created volume navigation and structure doesn't behave like a normal directory

I've created a new volume as my previous encrypted partition was running low on space. When accessing the new image, it does not have a sidebar and when I enter a subdirectory it opens a brand new ...
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Is it possible to configure Finder to report hard-links size only once?

I've created multiple hard-links to a file in a folder to illustrate the issue. ~/Test $ ln original.pdf link1.pdf ~/Test $ ln original.pdf link2.pdf ~/Test $ ls -li 403963 .rw-r--r--@ 3 80k username ...
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Need to copy, rename and move file into newly-created subfolder

I am new to automator and could not find an answer to my question! I was able to figure out first-part, but not 2nd. In first part, I have an application that I double-click and I type in client name. ...
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Airdrop Cancels Transfers with no error message

Although there's free space on the target device, when I attempt to transfer a folder of media from my MacBook to my iPad Air 2 (circa 2014) running IOS 14.2, this fails reporting (on the MacBook) ...
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How do I clean up image thumbnail cache on 10.12 Sierra?

I want to know how to clean up image thumbnail cache on MacOS 10.12 Sierra. Specifically: The system cache (if any) Cache for applications: XnView MP (if any) Gimp (if any) Now I understand none of ...
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Why is there no "Restore" or "put back" button in my trash?

There is no restore option when I right click a folder in my trash. Did I do something wrong with my computer to cause it to do away with this option?
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How can I delete folders in /Library/Updates?

I've recently, through DiskDrill found that 18GB of my Macbook Air storage is being taken up by update folder in /Library/Updates. I tried to get rid of them by running various Terminal commands rm -...

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