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Question Regarding Hidden Files
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Nov 21, 2003, 06:58 PM
I was wondering if anyone could take the time to enlighten me on what the .ds_store and .localized files do in Mac OS X? Also, is there any problem with deleting them?

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Nov 21, 2003, 07:15 PM
.DS_Store files store the view settings for the Finder. Deleting them will restore the default view settings and you will lose the file comments.

.localized files mark a standard folder as one that should be shown with a localized display name. In English that usually is the same as the file system name, but in other localizations the Documents folder might display with a different name for example. The .localized files themselves contain nothing. They are just a marker, a flag. There is not real harm in deleting them, but it doesn't do any good either. You shouldn't delete them.
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Nov 21, 2003, 10:20 PM
Hidden files are generally hidden for a reason. I recommend leaving them alone!
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