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    You can show and hide invisible . files (dotfiles) in the Finder using the defaults command in the Terminal:
    Show all:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles '1'
    Hide all:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles '0'
    Then relaunch the Finder:
    kill -1 `ps auxc | grep Finder | awk '{print $2}'`

    If the invibility bit has been set by another method than prepending a . before the filename, you may be better off with an application that can hide/show these files/folders that have an 'invisible' flag set:
    (Yes, there is an English version.)

    Making files invisible
    It is also possible to selectively make files & directories invisible rather easily.

    If the file/directory to be made invisible is on the root level, the easiest solution is probably to add 'dirname' (where 'dirname' is the file/directory to be hidden) to the .hidden file that lists items on the root level of the boot volume (/) to keep hidden from the Finder. Then relaunch the Finder to affect the change. Lanuch and issue these commands exactly as they appear below:
    sudo -s
    cp -p /.hidden /.hidden.default
    echo 'dirname' >> /.hidden
    kill -1 `ps aucx | grep Finder | awk '{print $2}'`

    Alternately, if you have the Developer Tools installed, you can set the directory's invisbility bit:
    /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V /dirname

    If it is a non-root level directory to be made invisible, the command would be along these lines:
    /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V /Volumes/drivename/dirname
    This will set the visiblity bit of the named file/directory on the non-boot drive, thus making it invisible to the Finder.

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    Fluid's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 23, 2002
    Thanks for the tip! HeHe "Invisify" HeHe

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    rman's Avatar
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    Dec 24, 2002
    Los Angeles, California
    Thanx for the tip.
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