folder won't show its contents?

topic posted Sat, April 30, 2005 - 1:35 PM by  Eric
Hi all, here is a funny one - when I open my hard disk folder (the icon of my hard disk on my desktop) it shows its contents fine in the icon and columns views, but in list view it only shows my system folders (9 and 10.2.8), users folder, as well as an alias for my hard disk folder (which i am pretty sure wasn't there before...).

The problem started after starting up in OS 9 and then switching back and starting in OS X. I searched google and forums but couldn't find anything. Honestly, one problem leads to another. The strange story started here -
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  • Re: folder won't show its contents?

    Sat, April 30, 2005 - 2:26 PM
    that's weird. id suggest rm'ing the .DS_Store file for that folder.

    does the alias appear in the column/icon views?
    • Re: folder won't show its contents?

      Sun, May 1, 2005 - 5:00 AM
      Hi Mr kitty, sir, thanks for the suggestion. I got rid of the .DS_Store file but it didn't change anything.

      The alias does appear in the other views. Another strange thing - I can follow the allias to my hard disk folder (again) except this time it doesn't show the alias in list view while in the other views the allias is still there but nothing happens when I try to open it. In Terminal I can see the allias when I ls my / directory, but if i try to open it, I am told that it is not a directory.
      • Re: folder won't show its contents?

        Thu, June 28, 2012 - 9:31 PM
        Eric, try running repair permissions and/or Disk Utility repair disk. Some of the directory tree references or permissions. It doesn't sound like a hardware problem, but that's always possible.
  • Re: folder won't show its contents?

    Thu, June 28, 2012 - 8:25 PM
    I now have this problem too, and I'm working on a new theory explaining why this occurs. I think it might have to do with DMCA. If you try to open a folder containing "unlicensed" media (movies downloaded from torrent sites, etc.), then it simply refuses to let you in, without any error message or anything. I'm afraid that might be the problem.
    • Re: folder won't show its contents?

      Sat, June 30, 2012 - 2:58 AM
      That's a pretty far-fetched idea. To begin with, Apple has never included any sort of copy protection inside their software, with the sole exception of the FairPlay DRM used for iTunes Store purchases, and that was by requirement of the content owners. Apple doesn't even copy protect their own software, let alone check anyone else's software or media files.

      There is absolutely no foundation whatsoever for saying that Apple is enforcing the DMCA by hiding folders.

      If anything, I'd theorize that perhaps the issue is far simpler. Anyone who is running Mac OS X 10.2.x and Mac OS 9 still on a machine is likely doing so on what is now a very old hard drive. (Bear in mind that 10.2 came out in 2002 and saw its last update in October 2003.) If the drive is that old, it's likely showing signs of failure and it may simply be visible as slow-appearing operating system corruption.

      Without knowing a lot more, it's hard for me to say with certainty, though.
      • Re: folder won't show its contents?

        Sat, June 30, 2012 - 4:55 PM
        Same here, the only DCMA I've ever seen has to do with iTunes. It sounds like either a permissions issue or a physical problem with the drive that may or may not be recoverable. Sometimes Disk Utility helps, sometimes it can't. This is why it is always good to have a backup I remind myself to make regular manual backups...Time Machine can only do so much for you.
        • Re: folder won't show its contents?

          Sun, July 1, 2012 - 12:01 AM
          There was some rev of 10.4.x prior to 10.4.11 that would actually sometimes "lose" folders. I lost a whole day of work that way once while doing a contract and was mighty embarrassed by not being able to find said work. A year or so later Apple acknowledged that there was a problem and I felt a little better…or something.

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