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deleting invisible files? (os 9.04)
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Dec 17, 2000, 07:39 AM
 
I'm sure there was a way of doing this without having to use resedit to make them visible 1st. Anyone know?
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Dec 17, 2000, 08:08 AM
 
just use sherlock to find them. they can be dragged (in sherlock) to trash. I have found gigs of .tmp files left from years of crashes. Frees up a lot of space
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Dec 17, 2000, 10:21 AM
 
nemo:

Just a caution - remember those files are invisible to keep us from getting our
grubby little fingers on them - so trash with care - think about each one before you do it.

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Dec 17, 2000, 10:32 AM
 
Thanks Richard
I knew you could find them in sherlock, but just dragging em to the trash from there doesn't work for me, ive tried, (I'm on OS9.04) maybe you need to hold a modifier key down as you drag?
     
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Dec 17, 2000, 01:27 PM
 
nemo, you're right. Once you have found the invisible file, you can't drag it to the trash, but you can command-backspace them however. You'll get a little message asking you if you want to delete the item.
Voila!
     
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Dec 17, 2000, 02:16 PM
 
Invisible File Copier, a little freeware app, will help. Versiontracker will find it for you. But do be careful!!
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Dec 17, 2000, 02:56 PM
 
I use Greg's Browser to find them. I can select them all, turn them visible and then dump them all into the trash at the same time. It works much like the new Finder in OS X.

It's great and I recommend trying it. Grab it after typing in the name in versiontracker.com's find window.

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Dec 17, 2000, 04:30 PM
 
No one mentioned AutoPurge 2.5.1 which I now have running at startup and shutdown to purge the invisible temp items.
     
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Dec 17, 2000, 05:05 PM
 
One other way is to use Norton Antivirus (6+) - expand the System folder and locate the Temporary Items folder - select the contents and click on the Remove To Trash button. Gone, once you empty your trash. Check out how big these files are by looking in your trash can before you emtpy it - surprising how big some of these files can get.
     
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Dec 17, 2000, 05:48 PM
 
You can use File Buddy as well ..

In the "Cleaning Menu" use the "Find Invisible Items"
     
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Dec 17, 2000, 05:57 PM
 
Oh come on, what about good ole Super ResEdit?
Grab a copy and use it... it is one of the all time best programs ever written.
Just to go "Get File/Folder Info" in the File menu and find your file... change the appropriate flags (in this case, the "invisible" flag, then do what you want with the file.

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Dec 17, 2000, 06:50 PM
 
Macintosh Explorer by Rage Software http://www.ragesw.com is a great tool for this. It can find all your invisible files/folders and the find the ones that are unused and it allows you to delete them or change their visibilty. You can change batch file invisibility as well. You must be a registered though to use some of the features listed above but it only costs $15.00.
     
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Dec 17, 2000, 07:39 PM
 
OK, Cipher, I'm ready to contemplate living dangerously.
Got a link to Super Resedit (i'm not coming up with anything in a Version Tracker search)?
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Dec 17, 2000, 07:55 PM
 
wow,
thanks for the swift responses, the command-backspace thing works a treat, and those apps sound very useful, I had previously been using resedit but if there was a lot of files, I had to getinfo on each one, change and save, re-search again in sherlock etc.
now you mention it though, didn't find many temp files, except lots of files named 'Favorites Temp.html' . all approx 60k, are these needed by internet explorer, or would you say all temp files are a waste of space?
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Dec 17, 2000, 08:18 PM
 
Macintosh Explorer by Rage Software http://www.ragesw.com is a great tool for this. It can find all your invisible files/folders and the find the ones that are unused and it allows you to delete them or change their visibilty. You can change batch file invisibility as well. You must be a registered though to use some of the features listed above but it only costs $15.00.
     
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Dec 17, 2000, 09:20 PM
 
Check out Ghost Hunter at http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.com/

It is a good app for getting rid in invisible files.

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Dec 17, 2000, 11:30 PM
 
Another great application is called Eradicator. It's on versiontracker.com
     
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Dec 18, 2000, 01:26 AM
 
I saw an invisible file once. *ok, bad joke*

Seriously though, what's that folder called !-Move-Me-! or something? I've seen something like that appear in the root folder of a partition.

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Dec 18, 2000, 01:45 AM
 
I use DiskTools III to find and unlock invisible files on my harddrive. Works like a charm.
     
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Dec 18, 2000, 06:32 AM
 
Example: Search for "temp" or "PhotoshopTemp" etc.
Photoshop leaves BIG files behind if it crashes...

     
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Dec 18, 2000, 06:59 AM
 
Originally posted by darcybaston:
I saw an invisible file once. *ok, bad joke*

Seriously though, what's that folder called !-Move-Me-! or something? I've seen something like that appear in the root folder of a partition.

Darcy
LOL
In root huh? Wierd... you often see things like that in the trash, as cleanup files.
If I see something and I don't know what it is, I just delete it.
I suggest you delete it
The '!' does have significance though, do you know what created the file?

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Dec 18, 2000, 01:09 PM
 
yo, Nemo.
Thanks.
I hope someday to be able to follow that link.
Mid-day Mon (12/18) it was just hanging, whether clicked on or copy-pasted into IE5 or iCab.
Could you test link again for me?
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Dec 18, 2000, 01:15 PM
 
Nevuh mind....
Got it down now.
But was someone saying something about a "Super" Resedit? 3rd party version?
What about about book/guide suggestion for the Resedit newbie to start life on the bleeding edge
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Dec 18, 2000, 11:09 PM
 
Super ResEdit is a hacked up version which I prefer.
Its available all over the place... just run a search for it on metacrawler or something.
Or if you want email me and I'll stick it in my iDisk or something

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