Unable to HIDE folders in OS X Yosemite

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  1. dmiller10, Nov 12, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2014

    dmiller10 macrumors newbie

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    Howdy folks,

    So I know there have been many threads about this, and trust me I've been through them all. None of the solutions I have seen have worked so far. Here is the problem.

    I was able to install 10.10 on my MacPro1,1 today. I realize this isn't a supported Mac... But I did some hardware modification on it and tweaked the installer to allow it to accept the boardID of my Pro. Regardless, I did a fresh install, wiped the drives, and drag and dropped all my data from a TM backup.

    Well, I needed some of the plist files in the library folder on my backup (specifically for iPhoto and iTunes) so I had to "show all hidden files" to get that folder showing since Apple has had that folder hidden for a while now. Well, after doing all the data migration manually, I attempted to re-hide all the system/user folders that should be, but the terminal commands just don't seem to be working!

    Let me tell you what I've done to repair the problem:

    - used the basic terminal command we all know and love
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE && killall Finder

    - I also tried the boolean command
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool FALSE

    - I've used various capitals and lowercase of that command to rule out that possibility. I logged in/out several times, rebooted several times.

    - Boot to a safe/known-good environment, reset disk permissions and repaired disk

    - I created a new "Admin" user, logged into it -- all files are hidden. So it's not a system problem, just a user problem.

    - I even replaced my entire Library folder with a fresh library folder from a new user account. Aside from messing with my iCloud/keychain, that didn't help either.

    - It should be noted that I can hide and unhide any files/folders that are NOT supposed to be hidden. For example, I have a PDF on my desktop which is by default not hidden. I am able to use the chflags command to hide and then unhide the file. The chflags/ShowAllFiles commands do not work for files which are, by default, SUPPOSED to be hidden.

    I am completely stumped. I am ready to use the "chflags hidden" terminal command to hide each file manually. But I feel like that is a bandaid over a bullet hole.

    Any suggestions on how to re-hide all my hidden files? I'm starting to feel like this is a consequence of me forcing my older Pro to run Yosemite haha...

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Pending macrumors regular

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    #2
    Have you tried instead of TRUE or FALSE, YES or NO if that doesn't work try 1 or 0
     
  3. that salad macrumors newbie

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    Maybe try defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall cfprefsd && killall Finder
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    #4
    I just tested on Yosemite and these both work for me followed by a killall finder.

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool NO
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES
     
  5. dmiller10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No dice folks. I think the fact I am running 10.10 on a MacPro1,1 is causing some fundamental issues with the OS. I also can't do other basic terminal commands (removing Dock delay, changing screen captures to JPG instead of PNG, etc.).

    I ended up wiping the system, reinstalling 10.10, and staying far away from unhiding the hidden folders.

    Thanks for your suggestions, I tried them all to no avail.
     

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