Weird Privacy folder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ghsNick, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. ghsNick macrumors 68020

    ghsNick

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    I noticed a weird folder named Privacy and it's around 4GB's.

    It wasn't there before 8pm last night (I looked in Time Machine)
    Is it ok to delete this thing?
     

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's normally a hidden folder, but it's supposed to be there.
     
  3. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    How can I hide it again?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    To show hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window
    (press enter after each line):
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder​
    To hide hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window
    (press enter after each line):
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder​
    You can also get to that folder in Finder by Finder > Go > Go to Folder: > /private
     
  5. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I did this and it's still there.
    I did restore my MBP yesterday around that time.
    So I shouldn't delete it?
    Do you have that same folder?
     
  6. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    Open Terminal.app and type

    Code:
    sudo chflags hidden /private
     
  7. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    WTF man. I just did that and it gave me some big warning.
    I hit Control-C to abort it...did I just mess something up?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  9. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    The first time you run a command in terminal that requires your password it displays that warning. It just means that mistakes can have catastrophic consequences. As long as you type in the command exactly you have nothing to worry about (copy and paste it). Also when terminal prompts you for your password, it gives no feedback when you type it in. Just enter your password and hit enter.
     
  10. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Are you sure? 100%
    I did the command that was shown before and it didn't ask for my password.
    I had to restore my computer (that's why I believe it's showing)
    I thought you were trying to mess with me.

    I looked up Sudo and it gives access to a substitute user.

    So you're telling me if I type in what you told me that folder will be hidden?
     
  11. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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  12. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks man.
    Sorry, when I saw that pop up I thought you were messing with me to erase something important.

    It worked :D
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Jolly Jimmy would never do that. We're here to help, not hurt.
     
  14. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've been on some mean forums and seen kids do mean things to others to wipe their hard drive on PC's.

    Glad I'm a Mac now ;)
     

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