Generated Files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Yizi, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Yizi macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hi,

    I have a memory stick i use for college and i edit some work at home on my Mac, when i connect it to my Mac and then in college (PC) i get some extra files which are highlighted with a underscore before it such as documents.

    Anyone know how to get rid of them, i tried deleting them but they get regenerated next time i connect it to my Mac.
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    USA
    #2
    Those are simply meta-data files Apple uses. It's tied into things like Spotlight. There's a way to stop creating the files for network drives, but not for external drives, at least not that I've run across.

    Edit: this thread suggest a tool called TinkerTool.

    Edit2: Here's a command that I use in Terminal to get rid of the ._ files on my flash drive,
    Code:
    cd /Volumes/yourFlashDriveName
    find . -name '._*' -delete
    This won't stop new ._ files from being created, but can still be handy when they build up.
     
  3. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    #3
    I see, well i will give it a try and see how it goes, thanks for the help :)
     

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