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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://username@address.path.toserver.com/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...