How to make a folder completely invsable, but I can still go inside of it

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iPowers, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. iPowers macrumors 6502

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    I remember there is a program for classic macs called fast find, where I could serach for something really fast, make it invisable and I can't see it. Is t here a way I can do that for Mac OS X? I have seen methods, but they are still there eeven though they are invisable (but the files look more transparent) and possibly be able to go inside the folder too?
     
  2. Not-a-cliche macrumors regular

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    Um...what!?

    X-Ray is the only program for Mac OS X to make files invisible. Files are either invisible, or visible. They can't be "more invisible" but not completely invisible.
     
  3. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    If your goal is to protect or hide files from other users on the machine then any degree of "invisible" isn't going to accomplish your goal.

    Do it right and create an encrypted disk image which will actually protect your privacy and not just rely on security via obscurity.
     
  4. cube macrumors G4

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    With the terminal make a directory whose name starts with a dot:

    Code:
    mkdir .[I]yourname[/I]
    On the desktop you can open this directory with the "Go to folder" command.

    Normally it doesn't show in the terminal, but it is possible to see it if you use the "ls -a" command.
     
  5. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a

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    shouldn't there be some sort of chattr command. Or am i thinking DOS? :confused:
     
  6. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    There are equivalent commands in OS X (chflags and chmod) but that's not how "invisibility" works in Unix. cube's advice to create the directory so it's name begins with a "." is how it works.

    Depending on the goal, though (which iPowers didn't really describe) I still say that invisibility isn't a proper solution to privacy. There are better ways to accomplish the goal of privacy.
     
  7. theBB macrumors 68020

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    If you have an "hidden" folder (whose name starts with a dot) I think Spotlight does not search it. You can also create an encrypted disk image and name it something that starts with a dot. Best of both worlds... :)
     
  8. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Ah, it was easier in the good old days: we just kept the porn mags under the mattress. ;)
     
  9. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a

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    Good ol' "Don't Panic" From panicware. How I loved ye. Kinda like throwing the mattress over the mags with one swoop hotkey
    :)
     
  10. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    God these threads just pop up like weeds. You can't hide folders. Get over it. Finder just ignores them but as soon as you drop to the command line or a decent file manager like Xfile it's game over. Your pr0n is totally spotted.
     
  11. iPowers thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not ture, I have been able to hide folders before.

    My goal is to hide a folder so it can't be seen. I know this is possible because I ahve done it before with Mac OS X and Classic using Fast Find (and it was a classic program) I don't have classic now so I know ther eis something for Mac OS X that can do the same thing.
     
  12. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    In UNIX (including Darwin), you can set an Access Control List that, at least on the command line level, can be used to set permissions for specific users and groups of users. You can deny users and groups access to specific access to folders ("deny add_file,delete,add_subdirectory,delete_child,readattr,writeattr,readextattr,writeextattr,readsecurity,writesecurity,chown) and also give them access to the folder but prevent the folder from being visible ("deny list, search"). I've done this in OS X before but only verified that it works at the command line level.

    You can use TinkerTool System to set Access Control Lists.

    Does anyone know if this would also work at the GUI level? I haven't verified that it would work, and to be honest, I'm a bit too lazy to at the moment to try it now. :) But if it does, then this might be exactly what the OP needs.
     
  13. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    As others have said, just encrypt your pr0n. Much safer that way.
     
  14. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    All they probably do is add finder flags, that only FINDER obeys. They're still visible.


    http://www.seanmcollins.com/blog/?p=49
     
  15. iPowers thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So basically I can't make it invisable, without still seeing it, or i would just need to encrypt it or flag it but I can't make it invisable?

    Also, before when I said more invisable ands tuff, I really meant something like make a folder invisable, but the files inside are not invisable or something liek that.
     

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