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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander Apps

As this comment from TeddyTheBear shows, there is a problem with Stuffit Expander expanding an archive but producing invisible files. The problem can manifest itself in very scary ways, giving the impression that data was lost. Sometimes an archive will expand into an empty folder, or sometimes the folder will contain only one or two files (when it should contain many more), or sometimes only one or two files would be "missing" (invisible). In actuality if the archive expanded without errors all of the data probably came out okay. if you use Terminal to look at the expanded folder you should see all the "missing" files and folders. They are just not visible in the Finder.

This typically happens if you have Finder -> View -> ShowViewOptions -> ShowItemInfo enabled.

Jamie Zawinski points out that the best solution for the problem is to just create a new folder in the folder that contains the "missing" data. This is enough to make the Finder suddenly show all the previously invisible files.

It would be nice if the owners of Stuffit would fix this bug. But don't hold your breath.

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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: jasenko on Jul 26, '06 07:45:13AM

My trick is to go into that folder from the command line (Terminal) and delete the .DS_STORE file



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: ckpetrus on Jul 26, '06 08:28:50AM

You can also drag a file or folder from your desktop into the empty archive folder to get the hidden files to magically appear. <i>It is common knowledge that files archived away for long periods of time become shy and withdrawn. They simply need the presence of an "alpha" file to draw them out of their shells and into the light of day.</i>



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: fds on Jul 26, '06 10:43:24AM

I believe the official StuffIt line is that this is an Apple / Finder bug, not theirs.

It is also said that this only happens if you have the "Show item info" checkbox enabled for the Finder View Options of your Desktop (or wherever it is you are extracting to).



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: jaydisc on Jul 26, '06 06:03:56PM

I've found that restarting the Finder seems to fix this.

Using Terminal: killall -HUP Finder

Using AppleScript: Tell app "Finder" to quit



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Simplest workaround...
Authored by: GORDYmac on Jul 26, '06 06:48:59PM

As eluded to above: when the file is expanded, I just drag the compressed file to the new folder and viola! the files appear.



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: ChiefTypist on Jul 26, '06 09:20:46PM

Another option is changing Stuffit Expander's preferences under "Destinations" to "Always" for the option to Create Surrounding Folders.

You can get to the Expander preferences by double-clicking on the application icon (instead of using drag & drop.)



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: jessetr on Jul 28, '06 01:56:19AM

The easiest way to fix the problem for good is by changing the preferences in stuffit like he said above. Once you change this setting in stuffit, you'll never have that problem again.



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: steveydl on Jul 27, '06 05:28:08AM

I always expand to the desktop. So once done and i notice an empty or near-empty folder (thanks stuffit!) then i'll load the terminal and type in:

touch Desktop/mynewfolder

Touch command works everytime : )

Steve



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: osxpounder on Jul 27, '06 02:03:08PM

I experience so many problems with StuffIt Expander [the free version], going back at least 2 years, that I simply avoid using it unless I'm forced to accept a .SIT file. I see no advantage to putting up with the constant problems, and constant updating, just to decompress files. I usually take a moment to ask websites to please consider offering ZIP files instead.



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Fix apparently-empty folders created by Stuffit Expander
Authored by: schaps on Jul 11, '08 05:26:59AM

I think this is a Finder bug still present in 10.4.11 -- I just had it happen to me just now - I copied a folder with 5 files in it via my home Airport LAN from my MBP to my iMac's Desktop, and when I got up here to check it, the Finder info said "No items" for that folder. Double-clicking it opened an empty folder. Close folder, launch Terminal, enter 'ls -la ' and drag the folder to the Terminal to fill in the path and <enter> shows my files, and I am the owner of them. Back to Finder, folder still shows "No items" on the Desktop, but double-click it to open it now, and it shows my files. Close it and double-click to open it several times, it always shows the files, but the icon on the Desktop still shows "No items." Get Info on the folder shows the 2 MB of files, I am the owner of the folder with Read/Write permissions. Close Get Info window, folder on Desktop still shows "No items" - and I am now getting concerned and understand how I might have lost data in the past.

I am sure that relaunching the Finder will probably fix the display, but I want to try something else first. I drag/drop another file to the folder, and the 'No items' updates to '6 items.' <Undo> returns my file, and the icon updates to '5 items.'

Wow, I am amazed that this bug persists so late in this OS version's life.



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