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

    Apr 29, 2014
    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

    Oct 1, 2014
    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

    Oct 29, 2014
    Maybe try defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall cfprefsd && killall Finder
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I just tested on Yosemite and these both work for me followed by a killall finder.

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

    Apr 29, 2014
    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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