Mac OS X: Showing Invisible Files

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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 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 AppleShowAllFiles
killall Finder

  • Dalilah

    I can show invisible files in a Xsan Volumen?

    • 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?