Originally posted Wednesday, May 19th
by Ted Landau
Even though you can't see them, invisible files are critical to the operation of your Mac. For example, Apple typically makes certain files invisible to reduce the chance that the files are unintentionally deleted or edited. One of the most well known examples of these transparent creatures are the old Classic Mac OS Desktop database files; these are the ones that get rebuilt when you "rebuild the desktop" in OS 9.
Mac OS X expands the use of invisible files far beyond anything attempted by the Classic OS. There … Read more