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by 1travlr / December 16, 2007 4:46 AM PST

What are .DS_Store files? I'm trying out a maint. utility that has an option to remove these files, however, i am reluctant to do so until i know what they are for. Powerbook G4, OSX 10.4.11. Thanks in advance for input.

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.DS_Store Files
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 16, 2007 8:04 AM PST
In reply to: File removal...

These files are created by the Finder but are invisible by default.
These files are used to save the positions of icons, the size of the window, the window's background and many more view options.

You can delete them if they are annoying you by their presence. They will be replaced as soon as you open a window.


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Out of curiosity,
by 1travlr / December 16, 2007 10:20 PM PST
In reply to: .DS_Store Files

is there any benefit to periodically deleting them? The utility i am trying is for maint. scripts, cache cleaning, etc. If there is no maint. reason for deleting them i will leave well enough alone. Thank you for the help

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Not really a pressing need to delete them
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 17, 2007 12:50 AM PST
In reply to: Out of curiosity,

As I mentioned, they just get created the next time you open that folder. However, for folders that you rarely open, you would save a miniscule amount of HD space by deleting them.


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Removing .DS_Store from a windows based machine
by hiker951 / February 4, 2008 2:26 AM PST

I have a .DS_Store file on my server, don't know how it got there, but how do I remove it from the server. Everytime I hit "delete" windows does not recognize it as a valid file. Probably since it starts with a period. Any Ideas?

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