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How to prevent Finder from hiding .sh files? (macOS Sonoma)

I sometimes work with remote .sh and .htaccess files on web servers and I edit/keep a backup of those on my computer (Windows PC). I recently got an iMac M3 and whenever I download .sh and .htaccess ...
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Folder contains invisible file whose name starts with ..\..\

I have a Visual Studio for Mac project folder that contains an unusual file: The file is only visible with ls -A in the terminal, and its name is ..\..\items.json: ~/Projects/Boss/Boss/bin/Debug % ls -...
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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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Using macOS Terminal, how to batch rename dotfiles so that they become regular files?

When working with visible files, the usual process is to select all the files that need renaming, right click, and select 'rename (x number of) files'. When working with invisible files (specifically ...
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Where does iCloud saves backups and documents? I can't find them [closed]

Please see the image below. I am using 5GB of iCloud space, it shows 966GB of backup of my old iphone in iCloud. The storage is the same the yellow in the horizontal bar. The problem is I cannot ...
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How to list in Terminal only files visible in Finder?

I know how to view hidden files in the Finder. Instead, what I'd like to do is list files in the shell/Terminal by the same criteria that the Finder uses for files that are hidden. (My objective is to ...
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Whole folder disappeared after running a rename command

Using 'rename' from brew to look for special characters in file names and replace them with another character so we can upload to OneDrive. I've ran this on other macs without issue. However, an ...
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Saving documents from Word directly to SMB share makes them invisible

When saving a Microsoft Word document directly to a SMB share which was mounted using a bookmark and authenticated with an Open Directory "Network User Account", the saved document becomes ...
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How do I unhide the desktop folder in my home folder?

I've tried How to unhide files on Mac?, and chflags nohidden not unhiding hidden files to no avail. I want to unhide ~/desktop while I have iCloud desktop turned on.
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120GB SSD-Disk: More space "used" than the sum of all files

When I open the info-window about my start volume (120GB SSD), it says that 108GB are used, 12GB available. But the sum of the sizes of all folders and files (hidden objects included) in the root ...
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View hidden folders on MacOS Mojave? cmd+shift+. does not work [duplicate]

Since I'm not really great with using the terminal, I would like to see hidden folders on my Mac through the regular user interface. However, I cannot show my hidden folders. I tried things I found on ...
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Hidden files saved by Mac OS X into USB drive

I inserted some USB device (I don't quite know which partition type it was) into my Mac OS X Yosemite, copied one file from this device into my Mac, and saved one txt file from TextEdit into this ...
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Files on my desktop seem to set themselves as hidden files (macOS Catalina), greyed out, even though they don't begin with periods [duplicate]

I have a strange and recurring problem on my recently upgraded Mac running macOS Catalina First of all, Catalina has a new feature where you can Show/hide the hidden files on your machine using Cmd-...
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Fixing aliases for hidden files

Had to migrate to a new Mac and all of the aliases I have for hidden files are broken. When I try to navigate to the original file when I click "fix alias", I can't see the file in question in the ...
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Files created by Terminal are not visible in my Finder

So I've been trying to create a text file using Git, I punched in the command "touch home.html", then I punched in the command git "add home.html", then I input "git status" and the file doesn't want ...
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iPad: Newly installed apps don’t show up on Home Screens

I am on my fourth iPad - and just as many iPhones — and I have accumulated a very large number of apps. I would like the luxury of going through them one by one and deleting the ones I don’t use. But ...
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How are these folders invisible?

I copied some music off a friend's old iPod for him by mounting it and using Terminal to copy the "iPod Control" folder to my desktop (High Sierra). However, that folder (the original, as well as the ...
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OSX High Sierra - Files and Folders show as empty/invisible in Finder, but are still there

I am running the latest version of High Sierra. Both my user Library/Application Support and main Library/Application Support are completely empty when opened in Finder (see screenshot). I was asked ...
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Emptying the Trash on MacBook Pro

I emptied the trash "non-securely," and now I want to find those files and delete them permanently, in order to free space on my startup disc. I learned from Apple that they go into an "invisible" ...
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Is it normal to have a hidden file named .file in /?

I searched google and found a list of hidden directories and files in OS X at http://www.westwind.com/reference/OS-X/invisibles.html but .file wasn't listed. The file is 0 size and looks like this --...
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Partially copy a folder, preserving the invisible system files contained, but only some of the remaining content

I am looking for a way to copy a folder, with all the invisible and system files it contains in its "first level", but only some of the other visible, "normal" folders it contains? This is related to ...
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What is "sperion"?

I'm cleaning up my boot drive & have come across a unix executable file located @ /private/tmp/sperion about which I can't seem to find any information at all. What is "sperion"? This may be an ...
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Files not showing in Finder, Mid-2014 Macbook Pro, OS X Yosemite

Recently my Finder crashed when I was doing some Terminal work, and I ended up having to force-quit it. Since then, my Finder isn't showing any of my files or folders, apart from the ones on my ...
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Where does Yosemite store cache files for exchange accounts?

My problem is, that the server of my exchange account crashed today and it is maybe not possible to restore the database of the server. Are there any files on my Mac or in my TimeMachine BackUp, ...
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Why Are My Cache Files & Other "Hidden" Files/Folders Visible? & How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

I hid mach_kernel and private, but the cache.db, cache.db-shm, cache.db-wal of both the system and user folder are, also, visible. Yesterday, I had to restore from a Time Machine backup because ...
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What is the meaning of the command lsof +L1

lsof +L1 My understanding is that the command above shows files that have been deleted but are still open. These files have a “link count” of 0, meaning that there is no directory entry (no link, i.e....
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine?

I accidentally deleted my ~/.zshrc file and I'd like to get it back from a Time Machine backup. When I enter Time Machine I can see my home directory, but all the dot-files in the directory are hidden ...
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Disable storage of invisible files "._" on my cfs or smb network storage

I use OS X Mavericks and have some company storage drives mounted (using smb or cfs). (smb://[email protected]/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...
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