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  • Started 12 years ago by ajw
  • Latest reply 12 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • ajw Member

    Can anyone help me with a problem that has developed after switching to using FTP under OS X. Fetch is automatically uploading Mac OS X's hidden system files (those beginning with a .). There's an option in Preferences to igonore files beginning with a . Does this stop it uploading these files or just stop them from being displayed in the file list. Is there anyway to get it to display UNIX . system files on the server because I need to be able to see and often delete .htaccess files but I don't want it uploading OS X specific . files.

    If a remote directory contains a hidden (.) file it won't show in Fetch but prevents that directory from being deleted - resulting in a "directory not empty" error and I can't see what . files are in there to manually specify them for deletion. Does that make sense!?

    On a related subject - any way of making OS X display . files in Finder but ONLY for a specific folder so that I can see .htaccess files in my website folders but I don't have to have all OS hidden files shown in every folder on the system.

    Thanks

    AW

    Posted 12 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    There's an option in Preferences to igonore files beginning with a . Does this stop it uploading these files or just stop them from being displayed in the file list?

    Just stops them from being displayed and downloaded (in a full directory download). There's a new option in 4.0.2b1 to stop Fetch from uploading dot files -- it's in the Misc. section of Preferences. 4.0.2b1 is available for testing from http://getfetch4.com/Fetch_4.0.2b1.sit .

    If a directory contains a hidden (.) file it won't show in Fetch but prevents that directory from being deleted

    That's a problem with the server configuration. You may be able to work around it by running this AppleScript:

    tell application "Fetch 4.0.1"
    set use LIST minus al to true
    end tell

    Fetch 4.0.2b1 lets you set this option in the Misc. section of Preferences. This tells Fetch to use a non-standard file list command in order to get the server to include dot files in the listing.

    I'm not up on the OS X Finder's display options for dot files -- does anyone else know how to only show them in some folders?

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 12 years ago #

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