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johannnn

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In the company I'm the only Mac user. A lot of folders on our network drive (which I connect to using SMB) have .DS_Store files.
Since these are Mac files according to my research, I assume they're all created by my Mac.
I run
Code:
I run defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder
, and now I see local .DS_Store files.
However, when I browse my network drive in Finder, I still don't see these files.
My windows colleagues, as well as when I use Windows through Parallels, both show these .DS_Store files.

So, how on earth do I get these files to show on the network drive? I know there are commands to stop creating them on network drives, but it's a bit tedious to test them when I don't see them on my Mac.
 

Fishrrman

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I believe the latest versions of the Mac OS WILL NOT SHOW YOU the ".ds_Store" files in the finder, even when you choose to view the normally invisible files (by using the "command-shift-period" key combo.

If you want to see these files, I suggest you go to the page below and download a copy of Pathfinder 7.
In Pathfinder, you can enable the "show invisibles" option and then Pathfinder WILL show you the ".ds_Store" files that the finder ignores...
 

johannnn

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If it's just for testing, you can use ls -la in Terminal.app.
Cool, will try that.

I believe the latest versions of the Mac OS WILL NOT SHOW YOU the ".ds_Store" files in the finder, even when you choose to view the normally invisible files (by using the "command-shift-period" key combo.

If you want to see these files, I suggest you go to the page below and download a copy of Pathfinder 7.
In Pathfinder, you can enable the "show invisibles" option and then Pathfinder WILL show you the ".ds_Store" files that the finder ignores...
Yeah I was extremely confused when cmd+shift+period didn't work! Cool, I'll try Path Finder.
 

chown33

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I googled (well, duckduckwent) for the keywords: hide .ds_store files on windows

One result was this:

You can do a search yourself and find more articles.


You may also end up needing to hide "._" files from Windows users. These are created by the Mac to hold things like Finder tags, and store other metadata for various apps. The naming convention is to prefix "._" to the name of the file or folder, so a "Bozo.jpg" file will give "._Bozo.jpg", and the "Documents" folder will get "._Documents". These files reside in the same directory where the item itself resides, and Finder will move and copy them when the main item is moved or copied.
 
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