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

  1. lesmith macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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.

    Lee
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

    spinnerlys

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    #2
    As you can see from the icon

    [​IMG]

    it is an ALIAS to a network volume.

    The properties of the ALIAS are:

    [​IMG]

    The properties of the target are:

    [​IMG]

    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

    7031

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    #3
    Could it be something left over from the fact that OSX is based on BSD?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

    spinnerlys

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    #4
    Was that a serious question or a sarcastic remark, because it doesn't seem to be a remnant of FreeBSD.

    http://www.FreeBSD.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=hier&sektion=7


    NAME
    hier -- layout of file systems

    DESCRIPTION
    A sketch of the file system hierarchy.

    / root directory of the file system

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

    /boot/ programs and configuration files used during operating system
    bootstrap

    defaults/ default bootstrapping configuration files; see
    loader.conf(5)
    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
    sysinstall(8))

    /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
    rc(8)
    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
    /sbin

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

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

    /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
    rescue(8)

    /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-
    tions
    compat/ files needed to support binary compatibility with
    other operating systems, such as Linux (created by
    sysinstall(8))
    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
    protocols
    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
    CAM
    dev/ C include files for programming various
    FreeBSD devices
    ic/ Various header files
    describing driver- and bus-
    independent hardware cir-
    cuits
    ofw/ Open Firmware support
    pbio/ 8255 PPI cards; see pbio(4)
    ppbus/ The parallel port bus; see
    ppbus(4)
    usb/ The USB subsystem
    utopia/ Physical chip driver for ATM
    interfaces; see utopia(4)
    wi/ The wi(4) WaveLAN driver
    fs/
    fdescfs/ per-process file descriptors
    file system
    fifofs/ IEEE Std 1003.1
    (``POSIX.1'') FIFOs file
    system
    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
    isofs/
    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
    ipsec(4)
    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
    System)
    objc/ Objective C include files
    openssl/ OpenSSL (Cryptography/SSL toolkit) head-
    ers
    pccard/ PC-CARD controllers
    protocols/ C include files for Berkeley service
    protocols
    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
    structures)
    ufs/ C include files for UFS (The U-word File
    System)
    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
    libraries
    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
    lint(1)

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

    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
    /etc).
    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
    users)
    share/ architecture-independent files

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

    freebsd FreeBSD-specific terms,
    proper names, and jargon
    words common words
    web2 words from Webster's 2nd
    International
    papers/ reference databases; see
    refer(1)

    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
    Domain)
    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
    Documents
    zh/ Chinese translations of docu-
    ments in /usr/share/doc

    examples/ various examples for users and program-
    mers
    games/ ASCII text files used by various games
    groff_font/
    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
    files
    fonts/ ???
    termcap terminal characteristics
    database; see termcap(5)
    mk/ templates for make; see make(1)
    nls/ national language support files; see
    mklocale(1)
    security/ data files for security policies such as
    mac_lomac(4)
    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
    termcap(5)
    tmac/ text processing macros; see nroff(1) and
    troff(1)
    vi/ localization support and utilities for
    vi(1)
    zoneinfo/ timezone configuration information; see
    tzfile(5)
    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
    software
    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
    release
    sbin/ source code for files in /sbin
    secure/ build directory for files in
    /usr/src/crypto
    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
    named(8)
    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
    ruptime(1)
    spool/ miscellaneous printer and mail system spooling
    directories

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

    tmp/ temporary files that are kept between system
    reboots
    vi.recover/
    the directory where recovery files are
    stored
    yp/ the NIS maps
     

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