Resolved Hidden files

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by spravtek, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. spravtek, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012

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    Is anyone else having issues with sometimes the command to show hidden files (and the killall for the Finder) doesn't work?

    Sometimes I have to issue the command 3 times before I finally get to see the hidden files. And double clicking on hidden folders (once you can see them of course) isn't working either.
     
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    Are you certain you're using the right commands, including proper capitalization?

    To show hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder​
    To hide hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder​
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep ... I'm 110% sure ... I even wrote the command out a few times making sure I didn't misspell or forgot a capital or whatever ... But still nothing ... I can't even get it to work now, tried 5 times ... nothing, very strange.

    This is a clean install by the way ...
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Well ... That's solved ...

    The command that works for me is exactly this

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles true
    Notice the small "f" in com.apple.finder

    I copied my working .aliases file from my Lion installation (where it was working 100%) to my freshly installed Mountain Lion ... And it had that "f" in capital ...

    So that got changed somehow apparently.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Glad you got it worked out! I had those commands from when I was on Leopard and they worked perfectly. Now I look on SL and Finder is not capitalized. I knew capitalization is important, but I didn't know it had changed to lowercase. Thanks for the "heads up".
     
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    Are you on a case-sensitive filesystem? "finder" is how it is in the filesystem but both work on my case-insensitive system.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    No worries ... The odd thing is ... You still have to make the "f" capital if you issue killall Finder :) ... Why not make it all lower case ... who knows :rolleyes:

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    You make an excellent case here ... Now I need to ask my co-worker if he made his disk case-sensitive (got his machine when he moved to another department) ... Probably not ... Didn't think of that... Thanks for the tip ;)
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Many thanks for that it fixed my problem and I have filed it for future reference.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks the OP and everyone so much. I had the problem too and couldnt find the solution until I found this thread.

    Imo this is a retarded error. Why must Apple make everything so complicated ? Hah i had to spend my 1 hour just to fix a problem which solution is changing one letter to lower case .
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    God I love the internet. Just ran into this issue and your thread was at the top of the google search. Easy solution. Thanks!
     

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