MacOS 7.x problem
snhirsch at gmail.com
Thu Dec 9 06:17:35 CST 2010
On Wed, 8 Dec 2010, Brent Hilpert wrote:
> 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 gmail.com>
>>>>> The MacUser directory is fine - both data and resource forks are as
>>>>> expected. However, no matter what I've tried 'Diagnostic1' simply does
>>>>> show up in the finder. I'm sure it's something basic, but I'm not much
>>>>> 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?
>>>> not sure if it's possible, but you might try doing the same on the
>>> 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
> 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 ...
I don't have Norton Utilities, but was able to lay my hands on a shareware
version of "Snitch" that supports a similar function. After a bit of
fumbling around (the author spent about 10x the effort on annoying pop-ups
requesting payment than he did on actually documenting how to use the
)(*^()*&^% thing) I was able to find and flip off the invisible bit.
I found the tool so annoying that I think I'll go after a copy of Norton
before considering a shareware payment.
Life is good now, at any rate.
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