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Automatically delete Mac OS X dot files from MS-DOS filesystems
Authored by: lsloan on Feb 07, '11 11:45:14AM

I'd love to see your solution.

I actually thought of doing something like that, with an AppleScript that I run before ejecting, but I wanted it to be a little more automatic. Mostly because I was going to give this to some people who are not as technical and I wanted it to be easy for them. I can see how that kind of solution would help in the situation you mentioned in #2, though.

I'll look up dot_clean to see what that is. I did a lot of Google searches and I didn't see mention of that until now.

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Lance E Sloan



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Automatically delete Mac OS X dot files from MS-DOS filesystems
Authored by: joeyblades on Feb 08, '11 12:23:35PM

I threw together a web page detailing my solution. You can find it here. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

Some of those droplets might be an even easier solution... but I like to have access to the guts... better the devil I know...



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Automatically delete Mac OS X dot files from MS-DOS filesystems
Authored by: lsloan on Feb 08, '11 12:29:05PM

Great! I'll give it a look.

Meanwhile, I'm making changes to my script to make it better and safer. So far, I've added a Finder dialog box that pops up and asks the user whether they would like to clean the MS-DOS filesystem before ejecting it. (The default answer is "No".) I'm also changing the find command to be more efficient and to delete only known Mac OS X problem dotfiles, like .DS_Store, .Trash, etc.

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Automatically delete Mac OS X dot files from MS-DOS filesystems
Authored by: joeyblades on Feb 08, '11 04:39:54PM

Actually, the ones that give me the most trouble are the "._name" files that often show up with mp3s. I have two players that will try to read these files adding unpleasant delays and generating some random noise.

If you don't shuttle a lot of mp3s around you probably never noticed one.



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Automatically delete Mac OS X dot files from MS-DOS filesystems
Authored by: lsloan on Feb 09, '11 06:40:47AM

Yes, I've seen the "._" files. They show up with MP3s, JPGs, and movies, depending on which software one uses. I often see "._.Trash" along with ".Trash", too. I forgot to mention that I've also added a call to dot_clean to my script to clean them up.

I wish it were easy for hint authors to update their hints here. Maybe when I consider my solution to be as "perfect" as it can be, I'll ask crarko to update this hint.

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Lance E Sloan



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