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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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Batch rename folders/directories using metadata in terminal (or Automator)

I have a bunch (over a thousand) folders that I would like to rename according to their metadata. Example of folder names: 13.01.2021 19.08.2020 25.12.2020 30 July 2019 30 May 2021 2022.03.03 At the ...
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Export ipod playlists (including music files) with each playlist in its own directory with its name being the directory name on pc

I have an ipod nano 4th gen which I normally connect to my car radio using an aux cable. Connecting an usb pen drive with the music on it would be much easier to use in the car as I can navigatie the ...
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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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Finder: Clean up by kind AND modified date?

Is it possible? Whenever I create a folder, it pops up anywhere, and then doesn't get sorted at the beginning of the folder (in Icon view). Basically; I would like Finder to show folders first, then ...
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How to open an external drive without cluttering it with .DS_Store files? [duplicate]

I want to open on Mac an external media I use for another OS, without cluttering all the disk with .DS_Store files. I only need to copy a bunch of folders and files. Would accessing the external drive ...
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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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Automate renaming a part of a filename from another folder for versioning purposes

I have psd files in a folder which i have to output multiple crops, the crops creation are automated to come extent but i need to make sure my versioning is the same. Example Logic Get contents of '...
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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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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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In synched Safari on MacBook and iPhone a new folder in "Favourites" has a different position

I've recently updated my MacBook Pro (late 2016) to Monterey 12.3 and my iPhone 8 to iOS 15.4. Then from the Mac, on Safari, I've created a new bookmarked folder inside "Favourites". The ...
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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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ACL different behavior between single 'chmod +a' vs many 'chmod +a'

About ACL on MacOS Having the /Volumnes/192.168.1.77 directory and applying: sudo chmod -R +a "group:developer allow list,add_file,search,add_subdirectory,delete_child,readattr,writeattr,...
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When diskutil mount vs mount?

I know how to mount in Linux at /mnt through the mount command, the same command exists on macos too. After to read the following tutorial: Mount & Unmount Drives from the Command Line in Mac OS ...
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Is not possible create directories and files at /Volumes with permissions granted

In Linux Ubuntu for example within the /mnt directory I created two directories - for example: alpha and beta - it to be used to mount some remote directories later. For the same machine exists two ...
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Sort 80,412 files into folders based on name begins with

Situation: a folder with 80,412 files all files named with CamelCase, some have a dash (-) separating the first word files can be grouped by beginning with the same word or letters(i.e. "...
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How mount through a command a remote directory at /Volumes but within a specific path and directory? [duplicate]

In Mac - El Capitan - through: Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server Is possible do the connection with smb://hostname/documents Therefore the documents remote directory is mounted on /Volumes /...
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How mount many directories with the same name over the LAN on /Volumes?

In Windows 10, through Windows Explorer is possible stablish a network connection for a remote directory and thanks to the Map network drive approach is possible keep that connection mapped with a ...
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Copying a folder from a Mac to an external hard drive using Terracopy: if you delete the source file does the destination file get deleted too?

When copying a folder from a Mac to a backup external hard drive using Terracopy? If you delete the source file or folder does the destination get deleted too? This happens using Carbon Copy Cloner ...
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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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Copy folder structure with specificed folders and its content only

I want to use terminal to copy a folder structure with specific folders inside and its content only. Structure: Parentsource folder Child one (child can be any names) Folder one (this folder ...
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How can I fix my Documents folder after installing and uninstalling Dropbox app?

I can't find any exactly similar situation anywhere: After messing about with Dropbox for a minute, and then uninstalling it, including deleting the Dropbox folder, now my Documents folder has the &...
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Difference between root ('/') and "Computer"

If I open the finder and navigate to Go>Computer, then I am presented with all the mounts, while navigating to the root / using Shift+Command+G seems to be a different directory. In particular it ...
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Preview Images Inside Folder Icons

Can I insert an image or more than one image into a folder icon, (like overlaying the image onto the folder icon itself) so I can see some of the data that is in that folder before I click on it? I ...
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Missing .DS_Store file (Macbook Pro 2016 running Monterey)

I had entered Time Machine just to check when my earliest backup had taken place (did not restore anything). When I came out of Time Machine, I found all my desktop files completely rearranged, which ...
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How can I access subfolders in iCloud Notes?

Hello I'm Korean iPhone user and I use Windows notebooks. Previously, I was able to see my Notes and subfolders all expanded, like this: However, on the Windows notebook it only shows the most top ...
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How to preserve date created while moving files to downloads folder?

So I was transferring some files from my old mac to new one using an external drive. I was able to get all the files with their dates preserved to my users folder, however while moving them to ...
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'Time Machine' Folder Appeared on Macintosh HD After OS Upgrade, Cannot Be Deleted [duplicate]

I recently upgraded from Mojave to Catalina. After the upgrade, I noticed a folder called 'Time Machine' in my root directory. The folder has a stop sign on it, and I cannot access it via Finder. See ...
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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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Merge AND replace to get the desired move outcome?

I'm moving a parent folder with a huge number of sub folders, sub sub folders, etc., and files. I want to be VERY verbose and clear with what's happening with using merge/replace commands. First, I ...
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What is this .file at my root folder?

Is this file important to me? I want to delete this file since it's zero bytes. But I have tried sudo rm .file, sudo rm -f .file, sudo chmod -R 777 .file all failed. Any idea?
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I clicked Replace instead of Merge and it wiped the folder. Where did my files go?

I had about 4gb of important files inside 'Folder A' in Documents. I tried to transfer some files from my external drive to 'Folder A', so I copied the whole folder from my external drive, and it ...
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Set view settings for many folders at once

I have a large number of folders which I'd like to all be displayed with certain columns in a certain order. I've tried copying the .DS_Store file from a folder that's set up correctly to a folder ...
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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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