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problems with filenames beginning with a . (2 posts)
- Started 12 years ago by ajw
- Latest reply 12 years ago from Jim Matthews
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.
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
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?
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