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Manual typewriter sound as Fetch scans directories (4 posts)

  • Started 7 years ago by Charlie Fishback
  • Latest reply 7 years ago from Charlie Fishback
  • Charlie Fishback Member

    I use AppleScript to run backup synchronization of several websites at night, so I'm not normally around when they run. I recently set several to run by day and was surprised to hear the Mac make manual typewriter sounds. Looking at the screen this seems to be related to Fetch traversing directories and scanning for updated files to synch. I see nothing in the preferences that would enable / disable sound effects like this. It is a mystery.

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator


    That's the sound of the Finder moving stray items to the trash. Fetch tells the Finder to do that, and apparently you have the Finder set to make a sound for that action. I agree that it's unexpected, and I've made a change for the next version to silence the operation.

    In the meantime, if you like you can turn off all the Finder sound effects in the Sound panel of System Preferences.


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Charlie Fishback Member

    That was it! I did not even know about that setting, but I guess that is what makes emptying the trash, sending email, etc make noises. So sure enough, many log and dated files are routinely being moved to the trash during my synch, and that is just the sound of many files being moved to the trash.


    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Charlie Fishback Member


    It turns out dozens of hidden .DS_Store files being moved to the trash are responsible for most of the sound. This was made evident by looking in the trash after setting via Terminal:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
    killall Finder

    And then looking in trash. Mystery solved!

    Posted 7 years ago #


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