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Accessing a volume named '/' System
My brother upgraded to 10.1 today. Unfortunately, his non-OS X partitions were all hidden; still, by using GetFileInfo and SetFile, I was able to show and access all the missing partitions.

That is, all the partitions except the one named slash ('/'). While SetFile seemed to work on '/Volumes/\/', I still couldn't access it. After much headache, we found that we could access it in the Terminal or "Go To Folder" by typing '/Volumes/:'. Apparently, the pathname separator character differences between HFS+ and UNIX are to blame...thankfully, not so hard to overcome, at least on the Desktop level.

[Editor's note: Glad you got this one resolved ... I must admit, this is the first I've heard of someone naming their hard drive '/' ... I think I'll be sticking to letters and numbers for my volumes names!]
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quick correction
Authored by: egeller on Nov 27, '01 10:06:18AM
I kinda messed up the HTML in the original post. Where I wrote that I did a SetFile on /Volumes//, those last two forward slashes should have been a forward slash, a backslash, and then a forward slash. This worked for setfile, but did not show the volume on the desktop .

Yeah, my brother feels kinda silly about the partition name... :)


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Authored by: robg on Nov 27, '01 07:18:35PM

you probably wrote the HTML properly; geeklog (the site's engine) stripped the backslash out. i just added it back, so it reads correctly now.


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Other Finder tricks
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 27, '01 10:37:52AM

You can also name the volume with a leading period. Such as ".Drive" which will cause the finder to hide the volume in the GUI. Still accesible from the terminal without much problem but very surprising if you haven't run into it before.

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