10.9.3 Update hides /Users/ folder (fixed)

There have been many reports of the latest OS X update from Apple 10.9.3 (Build 13D65) intentionally hiding the /Users/ folder.  I am not convinced this is intentional but it has Happened to me.   People have suggested running the Terminal command

sudo chflags nohidden /Users

But After a logout or restart  you would have to run it again. Annoying!. Some one mentioned that it maybe the latest iTunes update that started it in conjunction with Find My Mac being switched on.  YES My where. So as an experiment I turned off Find My Mac. and ran the command. My Users folder obediently became un hidden. And on reboot stayed unhidden. But wait what about Find My Mac. Well I do want it on right. The only problem is turning Find My Mac back on makes the /Users/ folder go bye, bye : watch the video.

I will experiment some more. Because I think when I first did this It stuck around with Find My Mac switched back on, but I cannot remember just now what order I did things in to get it. i.e when I had Find My Mac back on.

Update – fixed ..

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Keep apps from adding themselves to login items when installing them.

Some times when you install applications they also add them selves to the login items.

This means they will startup when you login to your account. Which in some cases is not desirable.

Someone asked on Stackoverflow how to stop this.

I posted two approaches.

  1. Lock the login items preference file. items preference file.
  2. Get notified when there is a change to your login

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Applescript to Close Duplicate Finder windows

Close Duplicate finder windows

Macosxhints Posted  a Applescript  hint on Macosxhints to close duplicate finder windows.

The idea of the script is sometimes you may find you have multiple finder windows open. Many of them leading to the same target (folder). And want a quick way of closing all the duplicate windows.

But I couldn’t understand why it was so long and complicated. So as an excise for myself wrote one that did a similar job


The complexity of the script I think comes from the Poster trying to compare open windows by name and creating two lists and then comparing them.

Update. ( The poster has explained that the complexity is in fact due to their script only closing windows in the current space and to trying to get the most speed when the script runs.

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My very first Automator Action

Get Finder window Path.

I had already  wrote some code for an application that could get the path of open Finder windows.

So when I saw a member on  Apple Stack Exchange wanted to get the top level finder window’s path.

I thought it would be simple to throw together something using part of the code in writing a new Automator Action.

It was..

The Action Get first Finder Window Path. Will return the Posix path of the front most open Finder window.


It is a beta, But is working ok.

First download the Action


This is for 10.9.x   v103- Action is now placed in Files & Folders in the Automator library

Download “Get first Finder Window Path_10.9 BETA” Get-first-Finder-Window-Path.action_BETA_10.9_103.zip – Downloaded 831 times – 8 KB

This is for System : 10.8

Download “Get first Finder Window Path 10.8” GFFWPath_Action_1.0.2b10.8build.zip%22 – Downloaded 799 times –

This is for System : 10.6

Download “Get first Finder Window Path_10.6” GFFWPath_Action_1.0.2b10.6build.zip – Downloaded 453 times – 8 KB


1, Open the zip and install it by double clicking on the action.

It will go into the Utilities Actions name ‘Get first Finder Window Path’

2, drag it as normal to the workflow area and add for example the ‘Copy to Clipboard’ action below it

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