Terminal - How to access files written with space in command line?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by honorfield, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. honorfield macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    Hey there!

    I'm new with the mac. I'd like to hide some of the folders in my Documents folder (Adobe, Microsoft User Data, ...). I found already the solution for it with writing the following lines in command line:

    sudo chflags hidden ~/Documents/(whatever folder you want to hide)

    But what if the folder has got a name with spaces like 'Microsoft User Data'?
    When i type the address i get the following error:

    110:~ appleuser$ sudo chflags hidden ~/Documents/Microsoft User Data
    chflags: /Users/appleuser/Documents/Microsoft: No such file or directory
    chflags: User: No such file or directory
    chflags: Data: No such file or directory
    110:~ appleuser$

    Is there any solution? It would be so good for the peace of my mind to have this documents folder clean:)

  2. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    put quotes around the folder name.

    If you use AppleScript, it makes easier:

    quoted form of Posix path of (variable pointing to folder)

  3. honorfield thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009

    Thanks so much, putting the folder name in quotes worked!!!

    Can you also tell me a way to make them visible again, just in case i need it in the future (and to close this topic up:)


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