OS X :: Dot Folders In Terminal/directory Path Setup For External Drives?

Nov 6, 2008

Ok, so I know that: mkdir .testhiddenfolder will create an invisible folder on my home directory. but how do i do this if i have an external drive called "G-Drive M2" .... is it mkdir G-DriveM2/.testhiddenfolder, or mkdir volumes/G-DriveM2/.testhiddenfolder

sorry if this is a way basic question. I'm totally new to unix and Termianl

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OS X :: Full Path Name Of Root Directory?

Oct 24, 2010

I am taking a class in php and trying to figure out what the equivalent of the root of the C drive in windows ("c:/") is for the Mac.

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OS X :: Permission To Path Finder To Write To Applic Directory?

Nov 7, 2009

I installed snow leopard on my macbook pro (17") and now I can't update Path Finder. I am new to the mac (former windows user)and I just purchased Path Finder but now I can't install the dowloaded update. I have never told that purchased software does not have permissions to write to the application's directory. Below is the full update error:

Update Error!:

"Path Finder does not have permission to write to the application's directory! Are you running off a disk image? If not, ask your system administrator for help."

I am the administrator on my macbook. How can I give permission to a purchased software to write to the application directory? Please help anybody. The same thing happens to Opera update.

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Mac Pro :: OS X Setup Using Internal And External Drives - How To Recover Or Use

Sep 18, 2010

I am thinking of doing this:

Tray 1: SSD boot/apps

Tray 2: 1TB storage drive

External 1 FW800: 1TB storage drive

And then mirroring the TB drives with a OS X software Raid 1.

But, if one drive crashes, is the other drive instantly usable? How do you separate or recover the "mirrored" drive in a Raid 1?

Also, can you do a Raid 1 with a drive on an SATA, and then a FW800 with such different transfer speeds, will the FW800 drive be able to write as fast as the SATA one, or will the SATA one have to slow down?

What is the best way to have an internal drive in the Mac Pro, and then have it real-time mirrored on an external? Or is this not possible.

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Hardware :: Setup For Multiple External Drives - Organize

Aug 27, 2010

I would like to sort out all my drives and keep the organisation simple... it's recently turned into a bit of a mess after my hard drive on the iMac went into melt-down (fixed but having other issues... see other post! ) and as it had difficulty in backing up (for several months!) etc I did a mini panic of just saving my most important stuff on other drives - sometimes it would save on one drive but not other stuff so then had to use another drive etc... I have all my files etc but it's a bit of a mess... sooooooo. I have different things on different drives etc and it would be interesting to see how others organise themselves if they have multiple external drives. Which is best to use for time-machine back-ups and the other to keep all my photo's, videos and general other work on. I would like to keep my computer free of most of my work... maybe just have the current projects kept there. so far I have 53GB of photo's (I dabble in photography and work as a retoucher) I usually keep some original images and then there's the retouched or best images in separate folders. I'm studying digital media as well (BA) and while websites don't take that much space, the 3D stuff did and I've started doing stop motion animation ... then trying out different formats etc I end up with a huge amount of GB used up with .mov files (I'm new to moving images!) I have two desktop Western Digital Studios drives - 1.5TB and 500GB

I did used to just have the 500GB and kept the time-machine/backups on this disc and I recently switched this over to the 1.5TB but I'm wondering if I really need all that space just for back-ups - I can't personally see wanting a back-up from a year ago... a couple of months back maybe so should I switch my back-ups to the 500Gb drive and keep all my images/video/docs etc on the 1.5TB instead? also have 2 Western Digital portable drives - 320GB each. use one for Uni/work which means I can transfer large files to and from work computers to my home computer and I don't have to lug my macbook around ... plus the Uni doesn't have the same software versions as I do and it's easier just to take the files in rather than my laptop etc. I use one for keeping movies on - it's more convenient to keep my DVD films on the drive rather than keep taking dvd's out of the case etc... so my dvd collection is in a box on the wardrobe How do others organise themselves?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Can't Copy Folders On External Drives?

May 20, 2012

I just can't figure this out.  I have several external drives I use to edit video.  Most are 1TB drives, and I recently got a couple 3TB drives I was hoping to use to consolodate my scratch drives and reorganize my footage, etc. Ideally, I'd like to just be able to drag the entire contents of the smaller drive over to the bigger one, but I can't, because I keep getting error messages.  Sometimes it's "Cannot complete, [file name] is in use" or I get an "error -50" code.  

Before I began the copy, I formatted the destination drive in Mac OS Extended (journaled), and zeroed out the data to protect against bad sectors.  I've scanned the drives since to determine if there are any verification issues (no), and I've tried turning off icon preview and the preview pane, none of it solves the problem.  What the eff is going on here?? 

(I'm using all firewire800 drives.  Currently several LaCie and Western Digital drives, but only trying to copy one at a time)

Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: How To Change Directory In Terminal To Network Drive

Nov 12, 2009

need to run a terminal command on my computer at home but it doesn't have screen sharing or remote management enabled. I do however have file sharing enabled and able to browse the drive freely. I want to run a sudo command on that drive but don't know how to run it from where I am.

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OS X Mavericks :: How To Obtain A Soft (not Printed) Listing Of All Folders And Sub Folders On All Of Drives

Sep 3, 2014

I have 4 drives on my mac pro and tons of folders, some with sub folders.  I need a searchable listing of all folders and sub folders to consolidate, re-organize, etc.  I don't mind buying a utility but would like something that can do all of the above and either let me search and organize the list or let me dump it into Excel. 

Mac OS X (10.5.7)

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OS X Technologies :: Ftp Upload Via Terminal - 553 Rename/move Failure: No Such File Or Directory

Apr 24, 2012

Cannot seem to upload to a ftp server (permissions are correct on the home folder of the user!)But I get this result:

ftp> put /Users/[userfolder]/Documents/untitled.rtf
local: /Users/[userfolder]/Documents/untitled.rtf remote: /Users/[userfolder]/Documents/untitled.rtf
227 Entering Passive Mode (99,254,236,63,209,169)
553-Can't open that file: No such file or directory
553 Rename/move failure: No such file or directory  

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: 2 Folders With Same Name In Same Directory

Apr 22, 2012

where 2 folders with same name exist in one folder, and they have the exact same path, how is that possible.

MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Mac OS X Lion Server :: Open Directory Setup On 10.7.3?

Mar 14, 2012

I am trying to setup test server with following services:



Open Directory

Profile Manager

Software Update

But not having much of success. I have installed 10.7.3 on virtual machine (Using Fusion 4) on Mac Pro and given a 4 GB of RAM. This machine is running in its own bubble, it has no communication even with host. So I have configured DHCP and DNS services which seems to be working fine (I have confirmed with another client which can get IP and DNS server address from this server).

Now whenever I have tried to run OD setup using both tools (Server App and Admin Tool), it takes forever to configure (more than 1 hour) and then it fails with error saying "check your network settings". I have checked and machine has proper IP address (tried both DHCP and Static) and also used "lookup" utility to resolve the DNS address both ways (forward and reverse).

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OS X :: Creating Folders In Applications Directory?

Aug 7, 2010

I'm a mac newbie coming from linux. In order to not have all applications in the /Applications top folder, I create some empty folders in the /Applications folder and move apps there (to group apps).


It seems to be ok for me to create folders in /Applications that are owned by me without giving a password, which seems a little bit funny. (/Applications belong to the admin group as also I am in and admin group can write in /Applications. In Linux I have to to "sudo mkdir" to make folders in the corresponding folders).

Is there any problem with moving apps (owned by root) into these new folders that are owned by me?

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Mac Pro :: Using SSD As Boot Drive - Setup - Moved User Directory?

Aug 3, 2009

If you're using SSD as boot drive what's your setup? Did you moved your user directory? Or maybe you just moved your Mail folders? Or perhaps you made no changes.

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MacBook :: Password Reset - No Setup File / Directory Found

Apr 10, 2010

Working on a friends computer he bought his wife for christmas. He has nothing on it, but the original OS. I don't have my disk with me and need to reset his password. I have watched several videos, but the part that gets me caught up is the

1. mount -uw/ (this part works)
2. rm/var/db.AppleSetupDone (this does not work) message says No such file or directory found.
He is running 10.6.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Directory Indexes - Files/folders Have No Icons?

Feb 13, 2012

I have a macpro 1.1, with mac os x lion server 10.7.3. Everything works great. I created a virtualHost in my server app called myVirtualHost.mydomain.com and manualy enabled +Indexes on that virtualHost. When I access the myVirtualHost.mydomain.com gives me a nice list with all the content of the sites folder.my problem is that the list is very poor files/folders have no icons, I want little icons for the different types of content in site files/folders, just like in snow leo server.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), lion server

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OS X :: How To Batch Unlock Numerous Files Within Subfolders/folders/directory?

Mar 14, 2008


I have a folder with numerous subfolders, each containing numerous files that i would like to batch unlock (vs tediously unlocking each individual folder).

failed attempts involve:

- tried the following terminal action: sudo chflags -R nouchg ( as suggested on this website (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106237) but it did not work.

I did not try the other suggestions on the website because it started getting really complicated and i was afraid to do something that may cause damage/delete my files

- tried unlocking the folders and subfolders, however each individual file within the corresponding folder/subfolders remained locked

Partial but suboptimal solutions tried:
- i found a partial but not optimal solution to my problem on this site:

however, the option-command-I will only allow me to unlock files each subfolder at a time (as i need to actually highlight the files themselves).

is there a way where i could just unlock all the folder/subfolders/files within an entire directory in one fell swoop?

My system:

- the new MBP running Mac OS X 10.5.2

i am a new mac user and i apologize in advance if there is some simple solution to this problem that i have yet failed to discover,

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OS X :: Terminal/Changing Directories To App Folders?

Oct 4, 2010

I just started a new job and they have me working on mac since I have some basic experience. Anyways I'm working with files within an app and trying to use terminal to access some of those files.

The issue comes up when I try to change the directory in terminal to the app /user/applications/app.app/folder). I can get into the user directory or the app directory but it won't let me into the app. I have never really used terminal before so I don't know what I should be expecting here.

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OS X :: Using Terminal To Create Md5 Of Folders & Subfolders?

Jun 23, 2010

I can't find a third party app to create a MD5 checksum of folders and subfolders. The closest I got was checksum+, but the programs doesn't handle large folders; it freezes.

So I would like to go into Terminal and do it manually. Can someone share the command line to create:

�a MD5 checksum of a folder and its subfolders and output it to a txt file.

�a way then to use that outputted text file for file verification. My initial thinking is that I would have to create another MD5 checksum of the copied folder and then use a difference type command to compare the text files?

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Hardware :: External HDDs And Upgrade Path?

Dec 29, 2009

What connection type would you choose when buying a new external hard drive?USB 2 isn't very fast, but Apple seems to be de-emphasizing Firewire and eSATA isn't even an option on anything except the Mac Pros AFAICT.

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OS X :: Terminal Usage For Protecting Folders And Files?

Nov 22, 2008

I was asked by a friend who has just bought a new macbook if you can password protect files and directories. I explained how you can do it through terminal quite easily in some pictures (here if anyone wants to know how).

But is there another way, without needing some extra software from a 3rd party?

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ITunes For Mac :: Changing File Path To External Drive (XML / ITL)

Dec 8, 2014

On Mavericks, Current itunes. My iTunes library files, the folder, iTunes Library.itl , iTunes Music Library.xml and so on, are stored in the Music folder of my system on the main hard drive. 

All of the actual MP3s etc are on a separate drive, "Beagle Music". (I have iTunes set to not import and to leave my files the way I have them organized)

I've moved those to a new External, "Beagle Media".  

I would like to point iTunes to the new drive, and would GREATLY PREFER not to have to rebuild the library files from scratch. 

I TRIED editing the file path in iTunes Music Library.xml, thinking that would fix the .ITL file, but that is actually the reverse of how it works, so the XML reverted when I restarted iTunes.

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Show All Folders In Finder, Terminal Command

Apr 29, 2012

When using finder and browsing through folders, it will only show me a list of recent folders. I use Lion. If I want to see all the folders or open up a less recent folder, I have to click "show all" at the top right hand corner. It gets tedious when I'm dragging and dropping files to different folders when I have to constantly click "show all" just to see the folders I want. Is there a way to override this function through the terminal? Is there a command I can use?

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Mac Pro :: Need More Drives / Setup Procedure?

Nov 12, 2010

I'm continually upgrading my drives to larger drives. While in the time being that is fine, but my disk space usage is also increasing. Rather than replacing my 2TB drives in a year for 4TB drives (or whatever size they may be), I'd love to add more drives.

Right now I have my 'backup' drives in an 8-bay SansDigital eSATA cage. This is fine for backups, but for simplicity and drive speed sake, I'd love to just add more drives to my machine. I'm using up all 5 available SATA ports on my 2010 MP. I don't use the Optical drive much, so got to thinking: what about putting my optical drive into an external firewire/USB housing and plug it in when I need to use it. This would free up one extra drive port, which would suffice for the next 2 years or so.

So, are they are good external casing's that will allow me to use my current MP SATA optical drive? Is this method bootable, what pitfalls might I run into?

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Mac Pro :: Setup RAID 1 Using Two Drives

Jul 1, 2009

I just got a brand new MAC PRO desktop. It came with a 600GB HDD. I purchased a second identical internal 600GB HDD. I wanted to do setup a RAID 1 using these 2 drives. Currently the main drive has the OS and all my other apps installed. I installed the 2nd drive and was fooling with disk utility. I'm not sure how to set this up however. I tried numerous guides online but I just cant figure it out.

MAC PRO (takes up to 4 internal drives) - currently installed 2 identical drives
Using Disk utility

The RAID tab says "online" and the status is green (indicating the RAID is working). However on my desktop i see the 2nd hardddrive mounted with no contents in it. I just want to able to use the 2nd drive as a mirror so this way if one fails I'm still up and running.

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Mac Pro :: How To Setup Two Or More Internal Hard Drives

Oct 17, 2009

I have an (Early 2008) Mac Pro in standard configuration. The hard drive is just about full and would like to add a second internal hard drive.

I have read that some people choose to keep just the OS on one hard drive and everything else on the drive. Is this the best way to go? Which hard drive would the applications go on (with the OS?)?

The main use of this machine is for graphics (Adobe CS3 and Aperture).

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OS X :: Unable To Access Folders / Folders Are Locked After Transferring Files From External Hd

Aug 28, 2009

I bought a Seagate Free Agent Go Flex External drive. I transferred all my files from my previous external HD. When I went to access my folders on my external HD, the folders are all locked, with Sharing and Permission section in the Information "Everyone: Read" only! I can't change any of the information or move things! All of them are locked and "read only." I know how to change it, but only manually, individually. I have several hundreds of folders and I don't want to manually change all of them to "Read & Write." Is their a way to let me re-set the folders to "Read & Write" easily??

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Nov 21, 2008

I'm thinking about getting a Mac Pro tower from apple, and then buying two 500gb hard drives to place them in a raid 0 config. My question is, is setting up raid as easy as taking out the existing hard drive, placing both the new drives into the mac pro, and selecting raid 0 from OSX when I reinstall the operating system?? Or does the Mac have something similar to a Bios setup where I select that?

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May 13, 2009

I am looking for a solution (preferably free) to mirror a folder from one drive on my Airport Extreme Basestation to another folder on a seperate drive also on the basestation.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Empty Trash May Not Delete Folders In Trash If Using Network Home Directory

Apr 23, 2012

I have two folders in my trash which I cannot empty. No matter how many times I try these folders will not go away. I have open the "info" link and marked them read and write without success.


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IMac :: Setup With SSD / HDD - Location Of Scratch / Home Folders?

Jan 5, 2011

What is Best setup for iMac with SSD and HDD? Best location of scratch & home folders?
Computer: iMac 2.93 GHz Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD
There is not much info from Apple about the best way to set up an iMac with a Hard Drive and Solid state drive. I've looked at a few of the forum posts across the web and came up with a plan and lots of questions. (I do use photoshop frequently, but not on a professional level):

1.I will keep OS and Applications on SSD
2.Would you do it differently or not at all about moving the home folder? I saw some posts about moving the entire home folder, but it makes more sense to me to only move selected folders withing the home folder to take advantage of speed of SSD. So will keep the home folder on SSD, but move certain folders (document, music, iphoto, download, etc.) to 1 TB HDD via instructions I found on the macintoshperformanceguide website (**is this the same as creating an alias?):
sudo cp -r Documents /Volumes/Master
sudo rm -rf Documents
sudo ln -s /Volumes/Master/Documents Documents
3.I will attach an external hard drive for most of my documents and backup storage
4.My main question and here is where I'm not sure what's best?

I want to speed up photoshop as much as possible? Should I make a partition on the internal HDD for a scartch disk? If so, how big? Is there a benefit to partitioning for scratch disc use? Should I not partition HDD and use for data and scratch? Any other way? I wish apple had a how to maximize use of the imac with HDD and SSD page!

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