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Open hidden folders from the finder Desktop
If you'd like to occasionally access the hidden UNIX folders from the Finder, it's actually quite simple. There's a tip posted elsewhere here that discusses how to show all the hidden files all the time, but there's also a nice "as needed" tool. Gorgonzola pointed this out to me in an email, and I'd actually never tried it!

Under the Go menu item is "Go to folder", complete with a keyboard shortcut (Command + ~). To get to any of the hidden folders, you just need to know the path to that folder. Remember that OS X uses a "/private" directory for some of the hidden folders, so to go to "/etc", for example, you'd enter /private/etc in the Go To Folder box.

Once you've entered your destination, the Finder will switch and display that folder's contents. This makes it quite easy to use a visual editor on System files, if you combine it with Brian Hill's Pseudo for "su" editing.
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Authored by: Anonymous on May 03, '01 05:15:46PM

open a hidden folder from the terminal by:

open /private/etc

opens the finder window for the folder. At least you can open a normal directory.

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true, but...
Authored by: Anonymous on May 06, '01 04:18:18PM

I suppose Apple figured that if you're going to be mucking with the Terminal to open those directories, you'd probably want to edit them in vi or emacs or something and would stick to the Terminal ;-).

Also, you don't really have to type in the whole path (that's a real pain). Just type /private in the field and then you can use the GUI to navigate to the folder you'd like.


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