Get Info on a folder displays WRONG number of items

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by leoclark, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. leoclark macrumors newbie

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    I am desperate. I work with TV / Film and I copy huge amounts of data and files to and from external drives and I normally use Get Info to check the number of items and make sure the copies are exactly the same.

    Since OS X 10.7.2 the numbers I get from 2 exact copies ARE DIFFERENT!
    Sometimes it takes a minute and the number is updated, but sometimes it is REALLY wrong. I open the folder, count the files manually and the number on the Get Info dialog is simply WRONG. Even with like 17 files only.

    Please help!
    Thanks.

    Leo
     
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    you might now this but when you delete something from an external you have to empty trash to get accurate reading on remaining external drive info
     
  4. dknightd macrumors 6502

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    this might help

    http://www.soderhavet.com/refresh/

    Note: I have not tried it yet - just happened to run across is the other day. No affiliation, try at your own risk . . .

    If you do try it, let us know if it fixes your problem/
     
  5. leoclark thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot guys!!
    Unfortunately the problem is still happening.
    I've tried the refresh folder app, but nothing.
    I am staring at a folder on my internal disk with 24 files, but Get Info insists that it has 25 files.
    I will update to 10.7.3 soon and post a new reply.
    Cheers!
     
  6. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    its probably counting some of the hidden folders like ./ds*/ folder
     
  7. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    thats a very good guess

    OP if your not familiar with how to show/hide hidden files using terminal

    here is a youtube video of some guy that made a simple program that toggles hidden files on and off


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRoGXEksMjY
     
  8. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Finder only shows .DS_Store in filecount at bottom of window when you make the file visible.
    Here's an AppleScript that'll let you test that out:
    Code:
    set buttonpressed to button returned of (display dialog "Show Hidden Files?" buttons {"Yes", "No"})
    
    try
    	if the buttonpressed is "No" then do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles OFF"
    	if the buttonpressed is "Yes" then do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles ON"
    	do shell script "killall Finder"
    end try
    
     
  9. leoclark thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried the show hidden files option, but finder does not include the hidden file (ds*) on the file count. The particular folder I was looking at is now actually right. This problem is very inconsistent. It seems that if I leave the Get Info dialog window open, it will sometimes correct itself after a long time.
    I will try the OS upgrade soon.
     
  10. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    So sluggish Finder action is probably the culprit here.
    I'm on 10.7.3 and haven't noticed the problem since updating, but as you say, it's an inconsistent thing, and I'm not doing a lot of copying and moving just now.
     
  11. leoclark thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is really hard to believe. I upgraded to 10.7.3.
    It seemed as if it was ok, but it is not, maybe a little better.
    But one thing is for sure: I NEVER had this with 10.6.8 on my laptop.
    Anyway, thanks a lot everyone.

    PS. One more question: Do you guys know if people from Apple read this forum?
    I would be ashamed to be part of an OS team that screws something that was working well before and says nothing about it.
     

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