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The Muse Goes "Deeper" on the Mac

Mark Kruger January 31, 2011 11:14 AM Hosting and Networking Comments (8)

I will probably get hammered for this, but it really annoys me that the "finder" does not expose everything on the machine to my prying eyes. I don't need an operating system that obscures anything from me. I want to poke into every single little nook and cranny of the file system, device drivers, logs, config files, run levels, permissions.... I'm not interested in a "friendly" interface that pats me on my hand and shows me just what I need to know. I want to dig into the whole banana and find out everything I can.

So I spent an hour looking for something like window's "Folder Options" or 08r2's "god mode" console - where I could enable file extensions and hidden and system folders. Finally My good friend and colleague Wil Genovese told me to download "Deeper" - an apple utility whose sole purpose seems to be to enable various things that are "off" by default on a Mac. I can now see the whole file system (thanks Wil!). On to the next challenge!

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  • Andy Jarrett's Gravatar
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    Andy Jarrett | 1/31/11 11:26 AM
    The link for the app for anyone like me :)

    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_...
  • Mark Kruger's Gravatar
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    Mark Kruger | 1/31/11 11:27 AM
    @Andy,

    oh thanks! I should have included that eh?

    -Mark
  • Chris's Gravatar
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    Chris | 1/31/11 11:37 AM
    Sounds dangerous ;) - got that restore disk handy?
  • Mark Kruger's Gravatar
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    Mark Kruger | 1/31/11 11:39 AM
    @Chris,

    Hehe.. well since I'm not yet doing any actual work on it other than reviewing code I suspect I could just restore back to the factory install and I'd be okey dokey...
  • Craig Kaminsky's Gravatar
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    Craig Kaminsky | 1/31/11 12:21 PM
    I feel your pain, Mark. This is one of those things that annoys me greatly with Macs.

    Deeper is a really nice utility. Going a tab beyond deeper, in terms of the Finder, there's a cool Finder-specific application out there I like called TotalFinder (it's $15 and can be reviewed at http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/).

    It has some nice features (tabbed interface, side-by-side folders, and more); with one of my favorites being the quick key command to show all files. You can open finder and just press CMD + SHIFT + . and it will reveal everything. I prefer this as I find the Finder gets cluttered when I always show all files, so this lets me toggle nicely back and forth between show and hide hidden files.

    Continued good luck in your Mac-sploration!
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    RobG | 1/31/11 12:45 PM
    I recently found a shareware utility called TotalFinder. It does this too, but the reason I got it is because it has an option to group folders AT THE TOP where they belong. There are other features, but I wanted to point those out. No affiliation, just thought I'd mention it.
  • font9a's Gravatar
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    font9a | 1/31/11 1:49 PM
    Seriously, you guys are developers and you know so little about how the Finder works?

    You might be interested to know a little about:
    pathfinder
    XFile
    and a little app included with OSX called Terminal. Just type ls -laH to get a good glimse around. type man ls | more to learn how to *use* ls.

    That is all, gentlemen.
  • Mark Kruger's Gravatar
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    Mark Kruger | 1/31/11 1:56 PM
    Easy there font9a - that's borderline the sort of comment that gets deleted around here. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you were being a little tongue in cheek :)

    Meanwhile, it was using the command line that I found my mount points and figured out the issue with the conflicted mount aliases... so yeah - we know about how to browse with the terminal. Thanks!

    -Mark