What's this SUDO command doing to me?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by happygo2, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. happygo2 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I (stupidly) did a sudo command recommended to fix the overly wide columns in Finder windows (OS 10.9.2). I don't know what it's doing, but it's generating LOTS of output and scaring me! Any suggestions? The command and a few of many lines from the output follow. THANKS!

    MBPejr:~ ra$ sudo find / -name .DS_Store -delete; killall Finder
    Password:
    find: /dev/fd/3: Not a directory
    find: /dev/fd/4: Not a directory
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/private/var/root/Library/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/private/var/root/Library/Preferences/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/private/var/root/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/private/var/root/Desktop/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/private/etc/apache2/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/private/etc/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/private/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/0 DUM for date of SupDup Bkups/.DS_Store): Read-only file system

    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/IMAP/BodyTypeMultipart: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/HTTPPreconditionFailed: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/HTTPSeeOther: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/HTTPClientError: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/HTTPExceptions: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/SMTP: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/HTTPRedirection: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/NetPrivate: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/HTTPUnsupportedMediaType: No such file or directory
    find: /Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-04-050011/Ground/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/share/ri/2.0.0/system/Net/APOP: No such file or directory
    ….
    ….
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/ejr/Documents/Docs BIG/Movies Misc/MISC Movies/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/ejr/Documents/Docs BIG/Music n Sound/ring tones/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/ejr/Documents/Docs BIG/Music n Sound/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/ejr/Documents/Docs BIG/PC DOCS n PROGRAMS/Stat calulators/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/ejr/Documents/Docs BIG/PC DOCS n PROGRAMS/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/Shared/0 CUR ISSUES/CS4 Problem Related/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/Shared/0 CUR ISSUES/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
    find: -delete: unlink(/Volumes/MobileBackups/Backups.backupdb/MBPejr/2014-04-05-031937/Ground/Users/Shared/FileMaker/.DS_Store): Read-only file system
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    #2
    Do a man find in the terminal and you'll see its just a search utility, you then include the -delete so you're removing all the .DS_Store files which OSX uses to store its settings like sort order of a folder. You then restart the Finder.

    A good rule of thumb is if you don't don't know what a terminal command is doing, then don't run it.
     
  3. happygo2 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, Mike. A VERY good rule of thumb! (Hence "stupidly") I wanted to do "man" to learn, but Terminal was "occupied" in my Admin account, and I was afraid to open a 2nd session in my Daily account. Can one run 2 terminal sessions at once?

    So it sounds like it's deleting nothing that won't be recreated when each folder is opened. I'm relieved. It's been going 1.75 hours so far. Just let it run?

    Again, thanks!
     
  4. satcomer, Apr 5, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2014

    satcomer macrumors 603

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    #4
    Terminal sudo means superuserdo, think of a temporary root user command.

    A good terminal command that is equivalent to the windows command:
    Code:
    ipconfig /all
    So in OS X (since 10.7+) is :
    Code:
    networksetup -getinfo Wi-Fi
    (for a Mac that is only using the Airport card)

    If you want to see what command in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app does then use it's manual for that command like:
    Code:
    man networksetup
    Other commands you could see in action from the blog post Configuring OS X Mountain Lion Time Machine to Work With CIFS (SMB) Share. It will show some cool hacks that still work in 10.9.x.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    #5
    Just let it run. Those files just tell Finder how to display in each folder and they will be recreated when you open Finder.

    You can open a second Terminal session for man if you want, but it is much easier to read the man info on this page from Apple IMO.
     
  6. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Yes. You can even open multiple windows in the same Terminal session. Each Terminal window gets its own shell.

    Do this command in one window, and you can see all the processes in the other Terminal windows:
    Code:
    ps
    
    You can read the 'ps' man page to learn what it's telling you.
     
  7. happygo2 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Semi success.

    Thanks, folks, for all the good info and suggestions. It did finally end, and my computer is still among the living ... even if windows sometimes open with the new default column widths I set (with Cmd-j) , and sometimes they don't. So it goes.
     

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