How to show .DS_Store files in High Sierra Finder?

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I installed High Sierra on my MacBook Pro and even when showing hidden files via

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
.DS_Store files are still hidden, but I can see them (they are there) when I remotely access the MacBook from an El Capitan MacPro.

Anybody know how I unhide .DS_Store files in High Sierra?

 
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No.

That's just a nice new shortcut they put in for the Terminal command I posted, shows hidden files but leaves .DS_Store files hidden.
 

Fishrrman

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You might try downloading a copy of Pathfinder, and see if that works.
You can use it in demo mode for 30 days.
I believe the most recent version now supports High Sierra.
 

MacGizmo

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You'll likely have to turn off System Integrity Protection in order to view those .DS_Store files with the "Show Invisible Files" feature.
 

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You'll likely have to turn off System Integrity Protection in order to view those .DS_Store files with the "Show Invisible Files" feature.
That would make no sense. System Integrity Protection is part of El Capitan es well and El Capitan shows DS_Store files normally.

Why are they hiding DS_Store files even with hidden files turned on?

I use them a lot to lock the optics of a folder or lock the size of my Finder window.
 

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http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/

I have an idea for a work around maybe. I use the app FindAnyFile for searches of hidden and system files that are tough to pin down in Finder. It has been updated (beta) for APFS under HS.

I did a search for "store" in the Desktop folder and it found the .DS_Store file right away. From there if you hit command-i to get info it looks like you could change the read/write privileges for the file and do what you are after.

Would that work for you?

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Thank you, I'll try out the app. I normally use the "Locked" checkbox in the Finder info panel to prevent changes to DS_Store files.

My MacPro is definitely staying on El Capitan, I'm pretty disappointed with a lot of things in High Sierra.


EDIT: The app "FindAnyFile" shows DS_Store files and command+I works as well to lock them. Thanks again and shame on Apple.
 
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ivanicin

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Searching for the info on what would be the best way to implement the ds_store files in the next version of my app File Cards, I came to this thread.

It might be useful information for some that File Cards show ds_store files by default at the moment. I consider to hide them by default and to have the option in Preferences to show them, do you think it would be a good idea?