Home - Hidden Folder

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lesmith, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. lesmith macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2010
    Hey All

    In the root folder there is a hidden folder called "home"

    There is nothing in this folder and wanted to ask two questions.

    1. Can I use it
    2. If so how can I make it visible.

    Thanks for you help if you can.

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    As you can see from the icon


    it is an ALIAS to a network volume.

    The properties of the ALIAS are:


    The properties of the target are:


    To which, I don't know, but the fact that it is an ALIAS and not an actual folder and HIDDEN should be a sign to not use it in any other way than intended.

    The intended use might be access to your home network, but I couldn't find anything here.
  3. 7031 macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2007
    Could it be something left over from the fact that OSX is based on BSD?
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Was that a serious question or a sarcastic remark, because it doesn't seem to be a remnant of FreeBSD.


    hier -- layout of file systems

    A sketch of the file system hierarchy.

    / root directory of the file system

    /bin/ user utilities fundamental to both single-user and multi-user

    /boot/ programs and configuration files used during operating system

    defaults/ default bootstrapping configuration files; see
    kernel/ pure kernel executable (the operating system loaded
    into memory at boot time).
    modules/ third-party loadable kernel modules; see kldstat(8)

    /cdrom/ default mount point for CD-ROM drives (created by

    /compat/ normally a link to /usr/compat. If not, then the /usr/compat
    comments apply (created by sysinstall(8))

    /dev/ device special files managed by devfs(5)

    fd/ file descriptor files; see fd(4)
    net/ network devices

    /dist/ mount point used by sysinstall(8)

    /etc/ system configuration files and scripts

    defaults/ default system configuration files; see rc(8)
    bluetooth/ bluetooth configuration files
    gnats/ gnats configuration files; see send-pr(1)
    localtime local timezone information; see ctime(3)
    mail/ Sendmail control files
    mtree/ mtree configuration files; see mtree(8)
    namedb/ named configuration files; see named(8)
    pam.d/ configuration files for the Pluggable Authentica-
    tion Modules (PAM) library
    periodic/ scripts that are run daily, weekly, and monthly,
    via cron(8); see periodic(8)
    rc.d/ System and daemon startup/control scripts; see
    security/ OpenBSM audit configuration files; see audit(8)
    ppp/ ppp configuration files; see ppp(8)
    ssh/ OpenSSH configuration files; see ssh(1)
    ssl/ OpenSSL configuration files

    /lib/ critical system libraries needed for binaries in /bin and

    geom/ class-specific libraries for the geom(8) utility

    /libexec/ critical system utilities needed for binaries in /bin and

    /media/ contains subdirectories to be used as mount points for remov-
    able media such as CDs, USB drives, and floppy disks

    /mnt/ empty directory commonly used by system administrators as a
    temporary mount point

    /proc/ process file system; see procfs(5)

    /rescue/ statically linked programs for emergency recovery; see

    /root/ root's HOME directory

    /sbin/ system programs and administration utilities fundamental to
    both single-user and multi-user environments

    /tmp/ temporary files that are not guaranteed to persist across sys-
    tem reboots

    /usr/ contains the majority of user utilities and applications

    bin/ common utilities, programming tools, and applica-
    compat/ files needed to support binary compatibility with
    other operating systems, such as Linux (created by
    games/ useful and semi-frivolous programs
    include/ standard C include files

    altq/ C include files for alternate queueing
    arpa/ C include files for Internet service
    bsnmp/ C include files for the SNMP daemon
    c++/ C++ include files
    cam/ C include files for the Common Access
    Methods Layer
    scsi/ The SCSI device on top of
    dev/ C include files for programming various
    FreeBSD devices
    ic/ Various header files
    describing driver- and bus-
    independent hardware cir-
    ofw/ Open Firmware support
    pbio/ 8255 PPI cards; see pbio(4)
    ppbus/ The parallel port bus; see
    usb/ The USB subsystem
    utopia/ Physical chip driver for ATM
    interfaces; see utopia(4)
    wi/ The wi(4) WaveLAN driver
    fdescfs/ per-process file descriptors
    file system
    fifofs/ IEEE Std 1003.1
    (``POSIX.1'') FIFOs file
    msdosfs/ MS-DOS file system
    ntfs/ NTFS file system
    nullfs/ loopback file system
    nwfs/ NetWare file system
    portalfs/ portal file system
    procfs/ process file system
    smbfs/ SMB/CIFS file system
    udf/ UDF file system
    unionfs union file system
    geom/ GEOM framework
    concat/ CONCAT GEOM class
    gate/ GATE GEOM class
    mirror/ MIRROR GEOM class
    nop/ NOP GEOM class
    raid3/ RAID3 GEOM class
    stripe/ STRIPE GEOM class

    isc/ ISC utility library libisc include files
    cd9660/ iso9660 file system
    libmilter/ C include files for libmilter, the
    sendmail(8) mail filter API
    machine/ machine-specific C include files
    net/ miscellaneous network C include files
    netatalk/ Appletalk protocol
    netinet/ C include files for Internet standard
    protocols; see inet(4)
    netinet6/ C include files for Internet protocol
    version 6; see inet6(4)
    netipsec/ kernel key-management service; see
    netipx/ IPX/SPX protocol stacks
    netnatm/ NATM include files; see natm(4)
    api/ include files for the sig-
    nalling API
    msg/ include files that describe
    signalling messages and
    declare associated functions
    saal/ include files for the sig-
    nalling AAL layer
    sig/ include files for the UNI
    signalling protocol
    netsmb/ SMB/CIFS requester
    nfs/ C include files for NFS (Network File
    objc/ Objective C include files
    openssl/ OpenSSL (Cryptography/SSL toolkit) head-
    pccard/ PC-CARD controllers
    protocols/ C include files for Berkeley service
    readline/ get a line from a user, with editing;
    see readline(3)
    rpc/ remote procedure calls; see rpc(3)
    rpcsvc/ definition of RPC service structures;
    see rpc(3)
    security/ PAM; see pam(8)
    sys/ system C include files (kernel data
    ufs/ C include files for UFS (The U-word File
    ffs/ Fast file system
    ufs/ UFS file system
    vm/ virtual memory; see vmstat(8)

    lib/ shared and archive ar(1)-type libraries
    aout/ a.out archive libraries
    compat/ shared libraries for compatibility
    aout/ a.out backward compatibility
    dtrace/ DTrace library scripts
    engines/ OpenSSL (Cryptography/SSL toolkit)
    dynamically loadable engines

    libdata/ miscellaneous utility data files
    gcc/ gcc(1) configuration data
    ldscripts/ linker scripts; see ld(1)
    lint/ various prebuilt lint libraries; see

    libexec/ system daemons & system utilities (executed by other
    aout/ utilities to manipulate a.out executa-
    elf/ utilities to manipulate ELF executables
    lpr/ utilities and filters for LP print sys-
    tem; see lpr(1)
    sendmail/ the sendmail(8) binary; see
    sm.bin/ restricted shell for sendmail(8); see

    local/ local executables, libraries, etc. Also used as the
    default destination for the FreeBSD ports framework.
    Within local/, the general layout sketched out by
    hier for /usr should be used. Exceptions are the
    man directory (directly under local/ rather than
    under local/share/), ports documentation (in
    share/doc/<port>/), and /usr/local/etc (mimics
    obj/ architecture-specific target tree produced by build-
    ing the /usr/src tree
    ports/ The FreeBSD ports collection (optional).
    sbin/ system daemons & system utilities (executed by
    share/ architecture-independent files

    calendar/ a variety of pre-fab calendar files; see
    dict/ word lists; see look(1)

    freebsd FreeBSD-specific terms,
    proper names, and jargon
    words common words
    web2 words from Webster's 2nd
    papers/ reference databases; see

    doc/ miscellaneous documentation; source for
    most of the printed BSD manuals (avail-
    able from the USENIX association)
    FAQ/ Frequently Asked Questions
    IPv6/ implementation notes for IPv6
    bind/ documents pertaining to BIND
    (the Berkeley Internet Name
    es/ Spanish translations of docu-
    ments in /usr/share/doc
    handbook/ FreeBSD Handbook
    ja/ Japanese translations of doc-
    uments in /usr/share/doc
    legal/ License files for vendor sup-
    plied firmwares
    ncurses/ HTML documents pertaining to
    ncurses; see ncurses(3)
    ntp/ HTML documents pertaining to
    the Network Time Protocol
    papers/ UNIX Papers
    psd/ UNIX Programmer's Supplemen-
    tary Documents
    ru/ Russian translations of docu-
    ments in /usr/share/doc
    smm/ UNIX System Manager's Manual
    tutorials/ FreeBSD tutorials
    usd/ UNIX User's Supplementary
    zh/ Chinese translations of docu-
    ments in /usr/share/doc

    examples/ various examples for users and program-
    games/ ASCII text files used by various games
    device description file for device name
    info/ GNU Info hypertext system
    locale/ localization files; see setlocale(3)
    man/ manual pages
    me/ macros for use with the me macro package;
    see me(7)
    misc/ miscellaneous system-wide ASCII text
    fonts/ ???
    termcap terminal characteristics
    database; see termcap(5)
    mk/ templates for make; see make(1)
    nls/ national language support files; see
    security/ data files for security policies such as
    sendmail/ sendmail(8) configuration files
    skel/ example . (dot) files for new accounts
    snmp/ MIBs, example files and tree definitions
    for the SNMP daemon.
    defs/ Tree definition files for use
    with gensnmptree(1)
    mibs/ MIB files
    syscons/ files used by syscons; see syscons(4)
    fonts/ console fonts; see
    vidcontrol(1) and vidfont(1)
    keymaps/ console keyboard maps; see
    kbdcontrol(1) and kbdmap(1)
    scrnmaps/ console screen maps
    tabset/ tab description files for a variety of
    terminals; used in the termcap file; see
    tmac/ text processing macros; see nroff(1) and
    vi/ localization support and utilities for
    zoneinfo/ timezone configuration information; see
    src/ BSD, third-party, and/or local source files

    bin/ source code for files in /bin
    contrib/ source code for contributed software
    crypto/ source code for contributed cryptography
    etc/ source code for files in /etc
    games/ source code for files in /usr/games
    gnu/ Utilities covered by the GNU General
    Public License
    include/ source code for files in /usr/include
    kerberos5/ build infrastructure for kerberos ver-
    sion 5
    lib/ source code for files in /usr/lib
    libexec/ source code for files in /usr/libexec
    release/ files required to produce a FreeBSD
    sbin/ source code for files in /sbin
    secure/ build directory for files in
    share/ source for files in /usr/share
    sys/ kernel source code
    tools/ tools used for maintenance and testing
    of FreeBSD
    usr.bin/ source code for files in /usr/bin
    usr.sbin/ source code for files in /usr/sbin

    /var/ multi-purpose log, temporary, transient, and spool files

    account/ system accounting files

    acct execution accounting file; see acct(5)

    at/ timed command scheduling files; see at(1)
    jobs/ directory containing job files
    spool/ directory containing output spool files

    backups/ miscellaneous backup files
    crash/ default directory to store kernel crash dumps; see
    crash(8) and savecore(8)
    cron/ files used by cron; see cron(8)
    tabs/ crontab files; see crontab(5)

    db/ miscellaneous automatically generated system-spe-
    cific database files
    empty/ empty directory for use by programs that need a
    specifically empty directory. Used for instance by
    sshd(8) for privilege separation.
    games/ miscellaneous game status and score files
    heimdal/ kerberos server databases; see kdc(8)
    log/ miscellaneous system log files

    wtmp login/logout log; see wtmp(5)

    mail/ user mailbox files
    msgs/ system messages database; see msgs(1)
    preserve/ temporary home of files preserved after an acciden-
    tal death of an editor; see ex(1)
    quotas/ file system quota information files
    run/ system information files describing various info
    about system since it was booted

    named/ writable by the ``bind'' user; see
    ppp/ writable by the ``network'' group for
    command connection sockets; see ppp(8)
    utmp database of current users; see utmp(5)

    rwho/ rwho data files; see rwhod(8), rwho(1), and
    spool/ miscellaneous printer and mail system spooling

    undelivered submission mail queue; see
    ftp/ commonly ~ftp; the anonymous ftp root
    mqueue/ undelivered mail queue; see sendmail(8)
    output/ line printer spooling directories

    tmp/ temporary files that are kept between system
    the directory where recovery files are
    yp/ the NIS maps

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