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"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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Where to install folder of a command-line app in macOS, to be available by default in my shell? [duplicate]

tl;dr Goal: Easily download zip file with a console app (and other files), execute it, and later replace it with updated version. Details When I want to download a console app, with a command-line ...
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Desktop Folders show in terminal (ls) and cmd-finder stack, but not on the actual desktop

The folders that are clearly in ~/Desktop, and used to show up on my actual desktop, don't any longer. The boot drive icon is still there. ls ~/Desktop shows my folders, and if I open one of those in ...
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Trying to merge multiple folders - I messed up

I wanted to merge multiple folders into one, so I used this command in terminal: cd containing_folder mv */* . Well that didn't really go as planned and resulted in lots of folders being moved to my ...
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Sonoma 14.4: NFS shares automounted, but contents not visible

On my Mac Studio I have three folders that I use as mount points for NFS shares. I manage the NFS mounts with NFS Manager. Up until recently (I suspect the update to Sonoma 14.4, but I'm not sure) ...
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Undeleteable (dataless?) folder in MacOS: Permission denied, compressed chflag

I'm having a problem deleting a folder that was previously managed by Microsoft OneDrive. The folder is called "WP". I already tried: sudo, disabling SIP, removing chflags. ❯ csrutil status ...
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Constantly check folder for specific file type and run terminal command with new filename as an argument

I have a folder ~/Downloads I'm checking (using entr) it for .webm videos and when new file is added I need it to be converted to .mp4 BUT can't figure out the arguments passed... ls . | entr ...
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Can folders become too full of items?

I have recently had 2 folders become too full of items. I can save items (bookmarks and backups) to the folder but they do not register and there is no error message saying nothing happened. Result is ...
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I would like to see my Documents folder in Finder

My feeling is that this problem is somehow related to my question macOS creates "by itself" a new directory and moves files to it: I can see my Documents folder from my zsh command line: 1-0-...
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Mac Desktop back to iCloud (from Dropbox) [duplicate]

A little while ago, Dropbox took over my Desktop, Documents and Downloads folder. I want to have it back on iCloud. How can I do this? Activating it on Screenshot does not work, the toggle can not be ...
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Add additional folders to Apple's TCC and PPPC permission system

In the latest macOS versions one must explicitly grant folder access to ~/Desktop, ~/Documents, and ~/Downloads in order for apps to access these locations. How can I add custom folders to this ...
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Trouble with ~/Applications folder and moving applications on macOS Ventura

I recently encountered some issues with the ~/Applications folder on my macOS system and need some guidance on how to resolve them. Here's what happened: I contacted Apple Support, and a technical ...
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"Utilities" folder empty?

I turned on my Mac after about a year of inactivity, and wanted to use the Terminal, but the Utilities folder was empty. I tried installing something that would add an item to that folder (in this ...
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MacOS vscode open dir via the right mouse button [duplicate]

There is a way to set the possibility of being able to open a dir on vs code via the right mouse button where the menu appears, as I do with the terminal in this way. code .
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FileMerge utility (part of Xcode) Help reports "Help Viewer cannot open this content"

I'm new to using Xcode and just discovered that it includes a utility, FileMerge, to visually compare two folders, or in the case of Xcode, two project. But the FileMerge Help seems to be broken. When ...
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Can't enable iCloud Desktop & Documents Folders

I have an Apple M1 Mac mini (model Z12N00038CZ/A) with Ventura 13.5 (22G74) installed. It is my personal (private) computer, i.e. not issued to me by a company. A few days ago, the iCloud Desktop &...
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OSX Finder - Folder hierarchy refresh working only for level 1

Let's say that we have a folder named Mother and inside another folder named child. If the file has been changed within the mother folder, finder modify by date sorting option works just fine and ...
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Is it possible to connect folders to each other?

I would like to be able to have a folder on my desktop, and a folder elsewhere in finder such that when I make changes/add items to the folder on my desktop, the folder elsewhere receives the same ...
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Mount a local directory in another location of the filesystem as READ ONLY?

I regularly, but manually, rsync a certain local directory (A) to a remote machine. More than once I have rsynced in the wrong direction and deleted stuff that was new in A. I have backups but it ...
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How to recreate new documents and desktop folders that I accidentally deleted (Monterey 12.5)

Mac newbie here, please be gentle! I can no longer see the desktop and document folders on my MacBook (ie, they don't show up in finder) after accidentally deleting them, or doing something daft like ...
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How to rename multiple files & filepaths at once on Mac without Terminal

Apart from this topic which offers a small variety of code scripts to use on Terminal, I thought using available apps would be more user-friendly. The Finder in macOS can rename multiple files only if ...
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How do I save and restore visible windows in Apple's Finder?

When I restart my Macbook, I want to have the folders I had previously opened to be restored to the condition they were in prior to restart. This needs to happen after a delay because there are ...
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iCloud folder icons sync

I have a folder on iCloud Drive. On the Mac, I set the icon of this folder to some custom icon. However when I see this folder from my iPhone, it has the normal blue folder icon, not the custom icon I ...
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Deleting files from iCloud Drive also deletes them from local

I am becoming insane. I activated the iCloud Drive for the Documents folder to be sure not to lose any, but since I got more space now on the hard disk and iCloud space is running low I want the ...
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Unable to copy or compress folders in actively synching iCloud Documents and Desktop folders

I am using a 2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra running Ventura 13.2.1, however I have been experiencing this issue since Monterey. I can't compress or copy/duplicate folders when the parent folder is synching ...
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Specify timemachine backup folder blacklist for specific backup disks [duplicate]

I connected two backup disks in my time machine config, one is at the office and the other one is at home. On the office drive I don't want to backup all mac, so I excluded some folder like downloads ...
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How can I reverse lookup an alias, ie. find what links to a file or folder?

Suppose I have a folder /my/dir/ and an alias in ~/Documents (called thisdir) pointing to /my/dir/. How can I find the alias (ie. find all aliases) that points to /my/dir/? This question is unlike a ...
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Working with Shared Folders & Files on Mac

I use shared folders on different computers for work. All mac machines. I pull folders from the shared folders. I do the work that needs to be done. Then I drop the work back into the shared folder so ...
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Where to save files that won't be Desktop or Documents?

I was told by Apple Support to hold my computer's cloud drive on pause while I organize my files. They saw how I had many files on Desktop and Documents. I have now somewhat organized them into ...
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How to open a specific directory or folder when click on the "Finder" folder icon on OSX Ventura

When I click on the "Finder" icon on my bottom bar, it always open the "Recent" folder like this: Now, I want to open a specific folder for example "Documents" when ...
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Mac Automator - When given a folder containing many files with the same name format, organise the folder with new sub-folders [duplicate]

So I have a folder which contains many .mp3 and .cdg files (setting up a Karaoke system 😅) All of the files follow the same naming system: Artist - Song name [Karaoke] Rather than having all of the ...
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How can I create the directory equivalent of /dev/null?

I have some directories that fill up with useless items such as ~/Library/Application Scripts or ~/Library/Caches or others. There are /dev/null type inodes that discard anything written to them ...
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How to symlink Mac OS' own folders (Monterey)?

I am looking for a way to accomplish the following on Monterey (12.6): In the past I would symlink some Mac OS system folders (Documents, Downloads and Desktop) to folders already synced to a Synology ...
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Is there a commandline switch for "ls" that reveals "firmlinks"

With macOS Sierra APFS came with a new concept of "firmlinks", often described as being "between hardlinks and symlinks". Several folders are now at System/Volumes/Data but are ...
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Can I group Spotlight results by folder?

I did a search in Spotlight and got 500 results: I want to group them by folder. Is that possible? I tried right-clicking the column headers but there's no Folder option: I tried pressing Cmd-J to ...
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How do I search a folder excluding one specific subfolder?

I have this folder structure: Photos |- Bangalore |- Sydney |- Videos How do I search in Photos excluding the Videos subfolder? I don't want to permanently exclude the subfolder from Spotlight, just ...
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Identify "UNIX-specific directories" in macOS

According to Apple's File System Programming Guide, macOS includes so-called UNIX-specific directories: The directories in this category are inherited from traditional UNIX installations. They are an ...
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How to fix incorrect iCloud folder status icons

On one of my MacBooks, a few iCloud folders have persistent iCloud status icons, even though there is no iCloud pie chart upload/download activity in the side bar. For example, they will show as being ...
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Is it possible to customize a shortcut in Spotlight search which would lead me to a specific folder?

It'd be great if I could enter some name in Spotlight, for instance myproject, and then open a folder with the Finder. Is that possible? I have added too many folders to "Favorites". So, a ...
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Cannot view or manipulate one of MacOS's "special" folders in Terminal

I've somehow managed to cut myself (and the superuser???) off from my ~/Downloads directory in the Terminal. I did not purposefully enter any Unix commands to change permissions or access. I did ...
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How can I find what folder an app is in on my iPhone using iOS 15.6.1? [duplicate]

How can I find what folder an app is in on my iPhone using iOS 15.6.1? I am trying to find the app so that I can move it to the appropriate folder. The tips I have found in the forums are all outdated ...
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Mac not booting after moving SSD and HDD to another Mac

I had a mid-2011, 2.5GHz, AMD graphics, Mac Mini with an SSD and HDD using OWC’s dual drive setup. The SSD drive had the OS (10.11 I think) and the HDD had my home folder and an old version of OS X (...
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How do I move Facetime and other apps to different directories?

My Applications folder is getting very cluttered, and I would like to organize. Step one: move all the internet tools to an "Internet & Network" folder. Chrome, check. Firefox, check. ...
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How do I add/permit "staff" to this folder? "chgrp -R staff dir_name"

For some reason, there isn't "staff" user group on a folder that I just created. I would like the to add/permit "staff" user group to read and write in this folder. How do I add/...
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Setting Individual Folders To a Different Sorting Method? & Icon Size

How do you set each folder on the MacBook to a different sorting method? It's driving me crazy: I've watched videos, googled & nothing, no answers. Say I have 3 Folders on the desktop. I want to ...
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Naming folder "Framework.Service" appends ".app" extension which can't be removed

I'm currently having a really weird problem. I've checked out a git repo which has a folder named Framework.Service. When I run ls in the terminal it shows the folder name as is. But when I look at it ...
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Taking the first 7 characters of a folder name and appending it

I have a lot of folders named the same way with the year at the start and I would like to somehow move the year to the end of the folder name For example, current folder name: (1999) Robert Wyatt - ...
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How can I stop Mac Automator using previous specification for my actions?

How can I stop Automator using previous specification for my actions? I’m going crazy with Automator. I have three folders : Deployed, Draft and Live. In both folders there is a Public folder: I want ...
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Folders disappearing from search result list after consulting them

We have a customer that is experiencing a strange behavior when he searches folders on his MacBook (Catalina 10.15.7, i7 2.2Ghz, 16GB Ram). For example : he searches for "2022-D00170" which ...
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To put my folder(or the alias of it) into the root directory, how to do with the asl.conf file?

I have a requirement to put files in the root directory. I learned from this website that I can modify /etc/syslog.conf to achieve this goal, but when I open it, I am prompted that the relevant ...
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Automator questions - Copying files to new location [duplicate]

So I have some questions about the Automator. I'm doing a fairly simple task with it and that's why it boggles my mind that it doesn't work. Always brings me the same info "The action "...
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