How to hide invisible files on Leopard 10.5.7?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ceraz, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. ceraz macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    On Leopard 10.5.7, I had to unhide my invisible files for some job using the command:

    #defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
    #killall Finder

    I am trying the reverse commands but the Finder still shows files what are supposed to be hidden.

    I tried:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool false
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

    followed by a killall Finder and even reboot.

    I would like to avoid a re-install. Who can confirm a working solution as some in this forum suggest that the above reverse commands are no longer effective on Leopard?

  2. MrChurchyard macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    I thought the values were ON and OFF, not YES and NO... (Just tried, I'm right. So write

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles OFF
  3. ceraz thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Thanks, I tried the NO attribute but made no immediate difference. So I deleted the file and rebooted.

    Now everything is OK.

    Probably a combination of both ... but no need to reinstall :))
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Swap the letters, it's ON, not NO.
  5. ceraz thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Sorry, I should have said I tried with the attribute "OFF", I had tried "NO" and "-bool false"

    Thx again

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