MacOS 7.x problem

Brent Hilpert hilpert at
Wed Dec 8 16:58:50 CST 2010

On 2010 Dec 8, at 12:49 PM, Brent Hilpert wrote:
> On 2010 Dec 8, at 4:11 AM, Steven Hirsch wrote:
>> On Mon, 6 Dec 2010, Jason McBrien wrote:
>>> On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM, Steven Hirsch <snhirsch at> 
>>> wrote:
>>>> The MacUser directory is fine - both data and resource forks are as
>>>> expected.  However, no matter what I've tried 'Diagnostic1' simply 
>>>> does not
>>>> show up in the finder.  I'm sure it's something basic, but I'm not 
>>>> much of
>>>> an ancient Mac guru.
>>> Wild guess, but might be a custom folder icon that's having it's 
>>> resource
>>> fork blown away? Did you try rebuilding the desktop on the 68k 
>>> machine? I'm
>>> not sure if it's possible, but you might try doing the same on the 
>>> netatalk
>>> share.
>> Good thought, but there is no icon information in the netatalk 
>> metadata (it has a dedicated file for desktop info).  I believe this 
>> is something much more basic.
> If I'm following this correctly, a file - which you know exists - is 
> not showing up in the finder windows or desktop?
> IIRC, there is a HIDDEN attribute for files in the old MacOS, which 
> can be accessed through something like ResEdit or the Norton 
> Utilities.
> I'd have to fire up an MacOS 9 machine to check and I'm not sure the 
> machine I could easily fire up has the utility to double-check the 
> matter installed.

I fired up an old Mac Performa 5300CD / MacOS 8.5 and installed Norton 
Utilities from floppies (that was a nostalgic novelty: flipping floppy 
disks from install prompts).

There is an "Is Invisible" flag for each file (bit 14 of the Finder 
Flags), which does exactly what it suggests, and which can be toggled 
with Norton Disk Editor. I don't know what other means there might be 
to toggle the flag. I'm not sure this is the nature of the issue you 
have, so just FWIW ...

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