Visible "Private" folder??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Les Kern, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

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    Location:
    Alabama
    #1
    For some reason unknown to me, my "private" folder is visible. I've done all the "usual" things and even have an Automator action that shows and hides invisible files, but I just can't make it invisible again. Now this isn't really a BAD thing as I know how to poke around in there, but still... it's a mystery to me.
    Thanks.
     

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  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Code:
    sudo SetFile -a V /private

    That should take care of it
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    Location:
    USA
    #3
    Hope into Terminal and do,
    Code:
    ls -lO /
    Those are lowercase L (2 of them) and the letter O, not a zero. You should see a line like,
    Code:
    drwxr-xr-x@   6 root      wheel  hidden  204B Aug 14 16:51 private/
    If you don't see "hidden" then that's why you can see it. To return to hidden state,
    Code:
    sudo chflags hidden /private/
     
  4. Les Kern thread starter macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

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    Apr 26, 2002
    Location:
    Alabama
    #4
    That worked,
    Thanks....
    Wonder why that happened..... (rhetorical)
     

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