Visible "Private" folder??

Les Kern

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Original poster
Apr 26, 2002
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Alabama
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.
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angelwatt

Moderator emeritus
Aug 16, 2005
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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/
 
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