How to adjust Finder?

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  1. Mork macrumors 6502

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    How do you adjust Finder so it shows files and directories that start with a "."?

    I would prefer Finder shows all files and directories if possible.

    In my case, I have a .metadata folder with files and directories in it that don't show up in Finder so I have to use to use a command prompt.

    Thanks for all help!!!

    -- M
     
  2. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Just an idea. Remove the . from the directories but than again I guess you have it there for a reason...
     
  3. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the "." is a system thing, not something I added. So, removing it would only work one time ... until the system puts another ". file there.

    Need a better solution, but thanks for your reply.

    -- M
     
  4. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11 Safari/525.20)

    You'll have to do it through Terminal by enabling the system to show all files. There's no way to do it through finder. You could Google that and see but I'm not at my computer at the moment so I can't get it for you. Sorry!
     
  5. johto macrumors 6502

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    Any file or directory starting with a "." is hidden. This is the default behavior of UNIX systems. You can install a nice handy daily utility called "mainmenu" http://www.santasw.com/ There you can for example choose to see hidden files. Easy and elegant solution :cool:
     
  6. sammich macrumors 601

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    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
    killall Finder

    or Link
     
  7. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Open terminal and type the following:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool TRUE


    Press CMD-OPT-ESC, select finder and hit the relaunch button.

    To reverse, replace TRUE with FALSE

    Alternatively, try Pathfinder (an enhanced Finder replacement), which allows you to show/hide invisibles on the fly (and has a lot of other useful stuff too). http://www.cocoatech.com/
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    RE: How to adjust Finder?

    RE:
    "How do you adjust Finder so it shows files and directories that start with a "."?
    I would prefer Finder shows all files and directories if possible."

    Tinkertool:
    http://www.bresink.de/osx/TinkerTool.html

    - John
     

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