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OS 10.5 - how to show hidden files

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I want to see all the files in the folders.
I tried terminal with "ls -all", so that I can see .DS_Store, but still can't see files, (I'm sure there are some there, when I use Windows, it's a portable drive.)

Any body knows?
BTW, is there any kind of software?

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i've got just the program for you, I use it myself
TinkerTool: Description
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Also, you can tell Mac OS X to always show hidden files by supplying some commands in Terminal, if you don't want to install an application to do it.

To show hidden files:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

killall Finder
To hide them again:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

killall Finder
TinkerTool is pretty handy anyway though, take a look. :)
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