Mac OS X: Showing Invisible Files

I originally posted this at http://www.318.com/TechJournal

Have you ever been looking for some files an you just can’t find them. Well, maybe they’re hidden. If you need to see hidden files, use the following command:defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true
killall Finder

The problem with seeing hidden files is that you see a lot of stuff that you really probably don’t want to see. So to get back to a state where you don’t have to see all of the invisible files, use the following command:
defaults delete com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles
killall Finder

  • Dalilah

    I can show invisible files in a Xsan Volumen?

    • http://www.krypted.com Charles

      It’s according to what’s making them invisible. If they just have a . in front of the name vs. if they have a hidden attribute? Are extended attributes enabled on the Xsan volume?