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._foo files are resource forks on non-HFS volumes
Authored by: mzs on Jul 29, '04 03:26:18PM
It may not be a good idea to just delete all the ._foo files because these contain the resource fork of the file. This can contain information that you will miss later on the mac. Also, I am weary of deleting anything at all. I have not used DOS/Windows for years now, but I remember the ATTRIB command. With it you could mark files as 'hidden' and this is what you want. This way those files will not appear unless yo do a DIR /A or enable the viewing of hidden and system files in Windows explorer. You should be marking all those files that you do not care about as simply hidden instead of removing them. I recall that there was a collection of tools for when I used linux years ago called mtools. It contained a program called mattrib for this purpose. Maybe there is something similar for MacOS X.

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._foo files are resource forks on non-HFS volumes
Authored by: zane on Jul 30, '04 12:45:17AM

I have no choice but to delete the "._foo" files as my SonyEricsson P900's MP3 player determines these as valid MP3's (because they have ".mp3" extensions), tries to play them, and thus crashes.



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._foo files are resource forks on non-HFS volumes
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Aug 06, '04 04:04:09AM

Labelling the .Trashes and .DS_Store files as 'hidden' so they dont show up on windows should be the DEFAULT finder behaviour (IMHO).



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._foo files are resource forks on non-HFS volumes
Authored by: PeteVerdon on Aug 15, '04 09:56:08AM

Marking as hidden is certainly a more elegant solution - it's the direct equivalent of the . on Unix and OS X. But whether you can do this will depend on the filesystem on the drive. Only FAT (and possibly NTFS, I suppose) have a hidden attribute to be set.

Mind you, since Windows only understands its own formats, perhaps most USB keys are FAT?

Pete



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._foo files are resource forks on non-HFS volumes
Authored by: osxmatt on Jan 26, '05 09:37:19PM

Interesting.
I found iCleaner to work just fine. I had an issue where, I tried to copy files from my Mac to my W2K box, and the copy failed due to a file with ._ and then a really long name. The file copied, but then could not be deleted. I found that Cocktail worked to delete the folder of the mapped drive.
Any way to copy files without coping [., ._, .Dstore, ...etc....]???



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