Help. Weird File in Macintosh HD just appeared.

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Traverse, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Traverse macrumors 603

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    Sorry to post another thread. But I just opened Finder and went to Macintosh HD to look at something and a strange file called "mach_kernel was there. I attached a screenshot of it. It opens in terminal, but no window opens. I've never seen it before, but how could it appear here of all places?

    Should I just delete it?
     

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  2. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    Some research seems to show that it is an essential boot file for OSX, but why is just sitting there (see second screenshot) it has never been sitting there before....
     

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  3. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    You have never seen it before because it is supposed to be a hidden file looks like somehow you have turned on the show hidden files option. Oh and yes it is essential it is the kernel that the system loads to boot your machine.
     
  4. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    Oh, okay thank you. I am trying to learn more about these type of things, but I don't like to mess with anything I'm not sure of.

    Thanks again.
     
  5. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Your welcome and definitely don't mess with it no mach_kernel, no boot of machine.
     
  6. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    Use this command in terminal )Applications/Utilities) to hide that file
    sudo chflags hidden /mach_kernel
     
  7. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks for the tip. :)
     
  8. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    This appeared because Apple screwed up the recent 10.8.5 Supplemental Update and forgot to make it hidden.
     
  9. koban4max macrumors 68000

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    is there a space between hidden and "/mach_kernel" ?
     
  10. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    ya, there is
     
  11. koban4max macrumors 68000

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    thank you!
     

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