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  • 15. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry.

     

    I copied and pasted :

     

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

     

    I hit return, and it says:

     

    TRUE

  • 16. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    That's what I thought.  You did not turn off the hidden files diplay in the finder because is says AppleShowAllFiles is TRUE.  So do it again and this time verify it.  In terminal:

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0

    killall -9 Finder

     

    To verify check the value again (although hopefully the invisibles are gone after the killall).

     

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

  • 17. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I input this:

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0


    This comes up:

     

    2012-05-22 13:25:08.230 defaults[29636:707] Could not write domain /Users/admin/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist; exiting

     

     

    The hidden files are still there. Apple is telling me I need to erase the drive. This seems drastic.

  • 18. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    In the Finder do a Get Info on...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

     

    Is it Locked? What Rights does it show for you?

     

     

    10.7.x cant write files...

     

    Reboot up to recovery partition,

     

    Restart holding down Option or alt key+r key

     

    Choose mac utilities, just utilities, choose Terminal.

     

    inside Terminal type this...

     

    resetpassword (no spaces), hit enter, choose, mac hd, select affected account...

     

    Reset home folder permissions and acls.

  • 19. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    The hidden files are still there. Apple is telling me I need to erase the drive. This seems drastic.

     

    Apple always takes the easy way out. 

     

    Not sure why you cannot write to it.  Probably explains why you have been having so much trouble turning this thing off.

     

    But screw it.  If it wants to play those "games" do this from terminal:

     

    sudo rm -f ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    killall -9 Finder

     

    Because of the sudo you will be prompted for you admin password.  It won't be echoed when you type it.  Hit return after entering it.

     

    The rm is deleting the entire plist.  The finder relaunch should create a clean one again.  Hopefully if you again do,

     

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

     

    you should get a "does not exist" error message for AppleShowAllFiles.

  • 20. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is annoying-after I copy in

    sudo rm -f ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist


    it asks for my password but it will not let me type or paste anything in.

  • 21. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Just type your password & hit Enter, it is not reflected/echoed to the screen for safety reasons.

  • 22. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it's saying this before I type in my password:

     

    WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss

    or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your

    typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

     

    Proceed anyway?

  • 23. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So-

     

    I copied in:

    sudo rm -f ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    Hit enter,

     

    put in password, hit enter,

     

    put in:

    killall -9 Finder

     

    Hit enter,

    and the hidden files are still there.

  • 24. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    If you're certain your typing is correct then yes proceed. It looks right from here.

     

    Now try the hidden command again & force quit the Finder.

  • 25. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Don't worry about all the ritualistic stuff sudo may spew out.  I had said the admin password would not be echoed.  Just type it even if you don't see anything showing on the screen and hit return.  That rm dshould have deleted the plist.  If it didn't something else is going on here.  So this time post all the terminal lines from the following set of commands:

     

    ls -ld ~/Library/Preferences

    ls -la ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

    sudo rm -f ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    ls -la ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

    killall -9 Finder

    defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles

    ls -la ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

     

    Post the output to all these commands.

  • 26. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    BDAqua,

    It didn't work.

  • 27. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    dwfpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    drwxr-xr-x@ 371 admin  staff  12614 May 22 17:10 /Users/admin/Library/Preferences


    -rw-------  1 admin  staff  22574 May 22 17:09 /Users/admin/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist


    TRUE


    password...


    ls: /Users/admin/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist: No such file or directory




    2012-05-22 17:15:00.651 defaults[36419:707]

    The domain/default pair of (com.apple.finder, AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist

     

    2012-05-22 17:16:23.743 defaults[36482:707]

    The domain/default pair of (/Users/admin/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist, AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist

     

    -rw-------  1 admin  staff  1466 May 22 17:16 /Users/admin/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

     

    I think that might have worked-now i can't see my hard drive icons on the desktop?

     


  • 28. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    To find out if it's system wide or user specific, try this...

    Open System Preferences>Accounts, unlock the lock, click on the little plus icon, make a new admin account, log out & into the new account.

    Do hidden files show in the new account?

  • 29. Re: I can't hide hidden files.
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    dwfpdx wrote:


    I think that might have worked-now i can't see my hard drive icons on the desktop?

     

    Ok, not sure why it didn't work earlier since nothing was done differently this last time other then keeping a close eye on the relevant file and folder.

     

    This coudn't be system wide since it is a plist local to an account.  But speaking of accounts, did you really name your account "admin"?   That's what it looks like and it's somewhat confusing looking at it.