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remove ._ files from USB flash drive

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I have copied some music from my iTunes library to my USB flash drive to play through the USB connection on my car stereo. However, when I plug it in I the USB drive has a ._file associated with every music file I've put on there. It still plays fine through the car stereo, but it tries to play the ,_ file between every track, leaving a slightly annoying pause.

I understand that these are something to do with the HFS file system, and I can view & delete these files on a Windows PC, but is there any way to remove these files without plugging it in to a Windows PC?

Thanks a lot,

Ben
post #2 of 8
You can from the Terminal using rm

read up on it


or you can show all hidden files in Finder

type in the Terminal

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES


you'll need to relaunch Finder

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Ben, I have the same issue and have been searching everywhere on how to remove those files, since, as you know, you have to wade through all the ._ titles to play what you want! I have a little app that turns on Hidden Files and removed two of them (not the Trash) to no avail. Still have the same issue. Even called Apple's Tech Support and -- ready for this? -- they haven't a clue and suggested I Google it! LOL! Still searching for an answer. :-/

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Those files are part of the resource forks the HFS file system uses. Out of curiousity, how did you guys copy your files? It surprises me that the people at Apple had no idea what was causing it. Resource forks typically handle extra file information, like icon info that's not necessarily important to the actual contents of the file. You can do a Google on them if you like, which puts me in the same class as Apple tech support I suppose!;)

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I just realized this thread was started 4 years ago!!:D

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In the terminal type the following;

 

find . | egrep -- "*,_$" | xargs rm

 

I hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by Relic View Post

In the terminal type the following;


find . | egrep -- "*,_$" | xargs rm


I hope this helps.

You'd have to make sure to set the current directory to the external (cd /Volumes/external) before doing that otherwise it'll look for those files on the system drive.
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You'd have to make sure to set the current directory to the external (cd /Volumes/external) before doing that otherwise it'll look for those files on the system drive.

Oh right, good point, I took for granted that was obvious, oh and "find /" will search the entire drive, "find ." will just search your present location, "pwd".


Edited by Relic - 10/10/13 at 9:31am
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