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Best OS X program to show / hide files?
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funkboy
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Jul 12, 2004, 11:40 AM
 
Back in Mac OS 9 and before, file and folder visibility was set via ResEdit (or a number of other programs). In Mac OS X, any file can be hidden by putting a "." before the file or folder name, but then that changes the name of the file.

I want to be able to do exactly what ResEdit does - show or hide a file without changing the name, just by setting the appropriate flag that's inherent to Mac OS. However, I don't know of any Mac OS X program that does this well.

Anyone help me out?
     
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Jul 12, 2004, 11:50 AM
 
I like FileBuddy is a nifty tool that can do that and much more. Although you might also use a terminal command for it... It's been covered before.
     
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Jul 12, 2004, 12:11 PM
 
FileBuddy is a great program, I recommend it highly.
     
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Jul 12, 2004, 01:03 PM
 
FileBuddy looks good - but $40 is a bit steep for my desire to just show and hide files.

I remember a program called Ghost (because I know the author!) for Mac OS Classic that did exactly what I wanted it to do: you added files to a list, and then click a button to show all those files, or hide all those files / folders.

I want to show some media folders in my game releases before I release them, so I can replace the media with new media from the new version of the game, and then hide these folders before I release the game.

Any cheaper or alternate solutions? thank you for the FileBuddy suggestion, though.
     
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Jul 12, 2004, 03:49 PM
 
Originally posted by funkboy:
Any cheaper or alternate solutions?
Don't know about any of them (I'm using FileBuddy), but you might try Ghost Folder, Under the Hood, Informator, FileNamer
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Mike S.
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Jul 12, 2004, 04:04 PM
 
Quicksilver seems to be able to make files visible and invisible (I just tested it).

The Finder appears to need to be relaunched before it will reflect that change, however.
     
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Jul 12, 2004, 04:59 PM
 
ls -la
     
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Jul 12, 2004, 05:15 PM
 
Originally posted by jessejlt:
ls -la
that's very nice when someone wants to list files, but not when they need to alter the visibility of a file. that is what the user is after, in this case.

you can install Xcode for free and use sudo SetFile -a V /path/to/file, as suggested in the other thread which was linked.
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