Under OSX System files always start with a dot (“.”) and they are invisible to the User by default.
If you’re developing using Eclipse this could be a problem, because Eclipse in many cases uses files and folders starting with dot (“.”),
some examples are:
Show hidden Files using Tinker Tool
Now it would be great to make them visible. there are some tools available to do this, I’m using Tinker Tool
- http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool-de.html (german)
- http://www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/history.html (english)
One of the options from Tinker Tool:
- Finder Options
- Show hidden and System files
Restart the Finder and you’ll see all hidden and system files.
Show/Hide hidden Files using Terminal
Open Terminal Application and type
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true;killall Finder
This will show hidden files. To make them hidden again, please type:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean false;killall Finder