Problem: I cannot see hidden files (files that start with a period) in anything GUI in Mac OSX Lion (10.7). Command line, no problem (heck, I even made an alias for ‘l’ = ‘ls -la’ because I use it constantly). But no-luck in Finder nor any popped-up file-browser.
Story: I was wanting to email a copy of my .bash_profile file as an archive lest I need to see/use/’reinstall’ it at some later time. The solution found by most is:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
But this makes hidden files show up on the Desktop. As if Apple had take a cue from Microsoft and made the Desktop an ‘alternate GUI’ to Finder (Microsoft’s Explorer). Wasn’t the whole point of a Desktop to mirror a real-world desktop… not my filing cabinet (that’s what Finder/Explorer are for)… but I digress.
So when I want to attach a file to an email, and a file-browser pops up, I press Shift-Command-. and boom – there are all my hidden files! However, this does NOT work with Finder itself. In my situation today, that’s not a problem. Maybe tomorrow it will be…