Small Annoyance with Hidden Files

balofagus

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Jan 11, 2006
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So, on my desktop I have my HDD's as well as folders for important projects (so that I can be reminded of them constantly :rolleyes:). The problem is that I have the little "Show item info" option enabled so I can tell the remaining space of my drives primarily. On my project folders, it shows one more item than is actually in the folder. I used the terminal to show that it was a .DS_Store. Is there any way to make OS X ignore so it only shows my files in the folder. Otherwise, is there any way to get rid of the .DS_Store?

Thanks for your help! Time for bed!
 

balofagus

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Yes, that why I revealed them. I wasn't sure what the problem was but the only 4 items in the folder are three of my documents plus the .DS_Store. They are hidden again now though.
 

mad jew

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The item count only updates each time you log in or restart Finder. With the .DS_Store file hidden, restart Finder and see if the count is more accurate this time. :)
 

mkrishnan

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So the folders on the desktop... are they links to folders elsewhere, or are they the actual folders themselves? If they're links, where are the originals located -- on the internal MacHFS+ HD, or on an external HD that's FAT32 or something else?

For what it's worth, I just double-checked, and (real, not symbolic) folders on my desktop do not count the .ds_store file in their number of files, nor do they count any other dot files (I created a .test text file to test this).
 

balofagus

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They are actual physical folders on the desktop. I've attached a screenshot to show what is happening. (The icons and text aren't normally that big, just to show up better in the pic)

Added screenshot of hidden files shown.
 

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mkrishnan

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Okay, thanks, that helps. I was wondering if this had to do with the folder being on a FAT partition... clearly not an issue.

Well, I can start by confirming that in the exact same situation, I do not have the same behavior.

 

balofagus

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Well, I was working on some of the documents in the Folder and have just noticed that the item count is down to three. So I guess thats problem solved...:confused: