How To Show Hidden and Protected Files in OS X Finder

One of my few complaints about MacOS X is that at times I feel like it treats you with kids gloves– many options for power users either require some sort of hacking, or simply don’t exist. One such thing which is fixable is getting Finder to show hidden files. It’s a quick and easy process via the command line to fix this:

tobin:~ brandon$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
tobin:~ brandon$ killall Finder

Now you can actually see all of the directories which start with periods, etc. Enjoy!

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