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Eug
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Mar 19, 2003, 11:26 PM
 
Without resorting to OS 9, what's the easiest way to see hidden files in OS X?

I downloaded a file to my desktop named .xxxx etc. and it promptly disappeared.

I recall using some finder-like programs that would do this, I can't remember the names.
     
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Mar 19, 2003, 11:27 PM
 
Originally posted by Eug:
Without resorting to OS 9, what's the easiest way to see hidden files in OS X?

I downloaded a file to my desktop named .xxxx etc. and it promptly disappeared.

I recall using some finder-like programs that would do this, I can't remember the names.
Tinkertool immediately comes to mind. Ditto for PathFinder.

Prolly some terminal commands too but I dont know which..

hth

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Mar 19, 2003, 11:32 PM
 
from memory tinker tool has an option to show hidden files. i currently don't have it installed but i used to and remember the option quite well.
     
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Mar 19, 2003, 11:43 PM
 
tinkertool, bbedit, transmit, cocktail, can't remember the CLI command for that.
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Mar 19, 2003, 11:50 PM
 
Thanks. Tinkertool did the trick. I had forgotten about that one.
     
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Mar 20, 2003, 12:15 AM
 
Code:
ls -a
Just type that into the 'old terminal in the proper directory.

Then, if you wanna rename the file,
Code:
mv oldname newname
Just gotta be careful because OS X won't confirm with you if you're overwriting an existing file.

I guess this isn't really a program, but eyh, it works.

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Mar 20, 2003, 04:14 AM
 
To find one specific file like this you could just use Find ( CMD - F ) in the finder.
Tell it to search in specific places and choose your desktop.
Set the criteria to search for files with visibility off.

Only problem with this is you can't tell it not to do a recursive search so it will also look in any folders you have on your Desktop.
Nothing to see, move along.
     
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Mar 20, 2003, 07:00 AM
 
The latest version of Unsanity's Fruitmenu will (I'm pretty sure) show hidden files under the contextual menu. Am not on my Mac at the moment so can't verify this (perhaps someone else could) but am sure I saw something about this when I installed the latest version last night.
     
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Mar 20, 2003, 01:00 PM
 
Originally posted by engaged:
The latest version of Unsanity's Fruitmenu will (I'm pretty sure) show hidden files under the contextual menu. Am not on my Mac at the moment so can't verify this (perhaps someone else could) but am sure I saw something about this when I installed the latest version last night.
Yeah, I just saw that option yesterday in FruitMenu 3 but I haven't tried it either.
     
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Mar 20, 2003, 02:10 PM
 
Originally posted by engaged:
The latest version of Unsanity's Fruitmenu will (I'm pretty sure) show hidden files under the contextual menu. Am not on my Mac at the moment so can't verify this (perhaps someone else could) but am sure I saw something about this when I installed the latest version last night.
Back home now; it works a treat.

Unsanity stuff is cool.
     
   
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