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Dot Items and/or Files (2 posts)

  • Started 15 years ago by Bo von Hohenlohe
  • Latest reply 15 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • Bo von Hohenlohe Member

    G4 OS X 10.4.11
    When I download dot items / files e.g. ".htaccess" they disappear or are deleted.

    In previous Mac OS 9 versions Fetch would change the '.' to a '_'.

    How can I enable this feature?


    Posted 15 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    I believe the translation of "." to "_" was a feature of Mac OS 9, not earlier versions of Fetch. Unfortunately, the Finder in Mac OS X treats any file whose name begins with a period as an invisible file. (The files are still there; you can find them using the command-line in the Terminal, but I realize that may not be convenient.)

    Regardless, Fetch 5 does not have such a feature, sorry.

    One possible solution, if all you want to do is modify the contents of a dot file, you could use Fetch's Edit feature, which automatically opens the file in a text editor and then saves it back to the server. That way you don't have to worry about finding the file after you download it - Fetch keeps track of it and downloads and uploads it automatically. You just select the file, click the Fetch Edit button, save the file in your text editor, and the changes are uploaded back to the server. To learn more about Fetch's Edit feature, see the Edit topic in Fetch Help:

    If you are trying to download entire folder directories and find the dot files later on, there are ways to make the Mac OS X Finder show the dot files, although they have some other side effects. But if you're interested, let me know and I can give more information about how to do that.

    Please let me know if you have further questions.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 15 years ago #


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