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remove OSX resource forks ._ files

Terminal - remove OSX resource forks ._ files
rm -f `find ./ | grep "\.\_.*"`
2010-11-16 20:52:33
User: edfuh
Functions: grep rm
remove OSX resource forks ._ files

Mac OSX creates resource forks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_fork) for every file, which are extremely annoying when transferring projects over to an Ubuntu server for instance


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
2010-11-17 03:46:34
User: TonyT


For each dir, dot_clean recursively merges all ._* files with their cor-

responding native files according to the rules specified with the given

arguments. By default, if there is an attribute on the native file that

is also present in the ._ file, the most recent attribute will be used.

If no operands are given, a usage message is output. If more than one

directory is given, directories are merged in the order in which they are


find . -name ._\* -exec rm -f {} \;
2012-05-14 22:25:42
User: silicontrip
Functions: find rm
Tags: find rm

This command won't delete resource forks from an HFS file system, only from file systems that don't natively support resource forks.

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find ./ -name "\.\_.*" -delete

easier. one instead of three commands.

think of the .DS_Stores as well (not covered by above command).

Comment by maelcum 272 weeks and 4 days ago

These files also contain hfs+ file system meta data like type and creator codes. So single fork mac files will also cause these .files to be created. Another approach is to exclude them when creating tar balls.

Comment by putnamhill 272 weeks and 4 days ago

First cp the files, then use dot_clean (see: man dot_clean)


dot_clean -- Merge ._* files with corresponding native files.

Comment by TonyT 272 weeks and 4 days ago

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