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28th April 2007, 11:20 AM
Hi Guys,

If this has been answered before just point me in the right direction, I did a search and couldn't find anything though.

I recently restored a backup that I made of one of my macs and now the /var /etc & /tmp folders are visible in Finder when the were previously hidden. I have tried a couple of apps such as Hide Folders (http://www.altomac.com/hide_folders/) but due to permission it will not let me hide them.

I also tried using setfile in Terminal but that didn't seem to hide the folders. I also tried the Terminal command on a couple of other things I had lying around and it worked on them perfectly.

setfile -a V somefile.jpg

So I'm guessing that the permissions on the folders are not letting me hide them, is there some way to overcome this?


28th April 2007, 11:39 AM
open NetInfo(/Manager) and go to create root user or similar.

Type in the password you wish to use as root and then confirm.

WARNING: root will be able to have access to every file/folder on the comp.

Log out.

There should be an "other" section on the login screen.

Click it.

Username: System Administrator

Password: (the one you specified before)

Run the "Hide Folders" app that you used before and do the same thing.


log out of root.

log in as your normal user.

open NetInfo(/Manager) and deactivate root user.

done, and done, and i mean done!

28th April 2007, 12:08 PM
Ok.. I followed that, thanks for the advice it all seemed to work.

Well I logged out and got the welcome thing running like the first time you turn on you mac. Decided to restart just incase, didn't really want to go through creating a new account thought a reset might fix it.

It restarted and after the gray apple logo I have a black screen with some text as below, me thinks this folder hiding program worked a bit too well under root. This is what I've got now and although this was not meant to happen where do I go from here?

/etc/master .passwd: No such file or directory
-sh-22.05b# CSRHIDTransitionDriver::stop
IOBluetoothHCIController::start Idle Timer Stopped

Thanks :thumbup:

28th April 2007, 01:19 PM
I've managed to fix myself up, so here's the solution incase anyone else manages to get stuck.

I had to start the broken machine in target disk mode, then I went to the disks /private folder, made Finder show all hidden files and created new symbolic links and replaced the broken ones, simple.

As for the program that I originally used it does actually specify not to use this on files that the OS needs to run, these were symbolic links however which I don't think this program can handle correctly. They do have a solution for unhiding folders that are hidden but this does not work on symbolic links therefore they needed to be replaced.