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dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 21, 2012 3:26 PM

After I did a reboot from my mac mini, I can't seem to get rid of all the hidden files everywhere.

 

I've tried terminal using:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

killall Finder

 

and various other commands.

I've tried software: Tinker Tools, Show Hidden Files scripts, etc...

 

Nothing seems to work.

 

Any help?

 

Thanks

Mac mini Server (Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    May 21, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to dwfpdx)

    What hidden files?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    May 21, 2012 3:38 PM (in response to dwfpdx)

    Exactly how did they become visible?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    May 21, 2012 3:42 PM (in response to dwfpdx)

    Very unusual. You might try this, then:

     

    Reinstalling Lion Without Erasing the Drive

     

    Boot to the Recovery HD: Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.

     

    Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions: Upon startup select Disk Utility from the main menu. Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions as follows.

     

    When the recovery menu appears select Disk Utility. After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list.  In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive.  If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the main menu.

     

    Reinstall Lion: Select Reinstall Lion and click on the Continue button.

     

    Note: You can also re-download the Lion installer by opening the App Store application. Hold down the OPTION key and click on the Purchases icon in the toolbar. You should now see an active Install button to the right of your Lion purchase entry. There are situations in which this will not work. For example, if you are already booted into the Lion you originally purchased with your Apple ID or if an instance of the Lion installer is located anywhere on your computer.


  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    May 21, 2012 7:25 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Show Hidden Files 1.0...

     

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29096/show-hidden-files

     

    Hidden Way is a toggle for hidden files view in Finder...

     

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/25716/hidden-way

     

    Show hidden files in OSX Finder

     

    Open the Terminal and type or copy/paste:

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

     

    Reverting to the default of NOT showing hidden files:

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false

     

    *Restart or Force Quit Finder required to take effect.*

     

    http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/developer/hiddenfiles.html

     

    http://www.burobjorn.nl/blog/?p=96

     

    Finder Force Quit, or restart required to take effect.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 21, 2012 9:58 PM (in response to dwfpdx)

    Just to confirm, in terminal,

     

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

     

    What gets output?

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 21, 2012 11:04 PM (in response to dwfpdx)

    Huh?  Copy/paste the line I showed and hit return.  It is either going to show a value for AppleShowAllFiles or report a "does not exist" error.  But you won't just see another terminal prompt.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 21, 2012 11:58 PM (in response to dwfpdx)

    Note what I posted,

     

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

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