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jcleekm
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 10:15 am    Post subject: ds_store an such Reply with quote

What is up with all the hidden DS and DS_store and ._xx files?

Any time I access any media (USB, Network etc) on My Mac and look at it in Windows (hidden files shown) I see the above files and folders with a 1k shortcut to the file I opened on my Mac

Can I make it stop?

I think my NTFS partitions are set to a 4k cluster size (could be 2k) so those hidden 1k files are eating up 4k apiece which will start to add up eventually.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 11:32 am    Post subject: Re: ds_store an such Reply with quote

jcleekm wrote:
What is up with all the hidden DS and DS_store and ._xx files?


The .DS_Store files are created by the Finder to keep track of folder view options, icon positions, comments, etc. A separate .DS_Store file is created in each directory to store information about that directory.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the DS_Store handle multiple users?

i.e. if I browse to a network share and change a setting, is that what the next person who stumbles across that share will see, or does it keep track of us? (If that makes any sense). Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aristobrat wrote:
Does the DS_Store handle multiple users?

i.e. if I browse to a network share and change a setting, is that what the next person who stumbles across that share will see, or does it keep track of us? (If that makes any sense). Smile


My understanding is (and someone can correct me if I'm wrong) that .DS_Store files don't really handle multiple users very well. Essentially, the last person whose changes are written to the .DS file overwrites those of the previous user's settings.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I used Tinker Tool (http://www.bresink.de/osx/TinkerTool.html) to stop DS_store files being created on network shares.

Seems to work a treat.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also do this via Terminal:

1. Start Terminal
2. Type: defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
3. Restart your computer
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat-o.

I thought you'd be able to do it via the terminal, but at the moment I'm still scared of breaking something Wink

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