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Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:41 am

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I'm investigating a problem with file sharing between mac and pc, when
the mac is running osx leopard and the pc is using ntfs. The problem
appears to be that if the windows file system is NTFS, leopard uses ntfs
"hidden streams" instead of "dot files", and doesn't recognize dot files
at all.

Normally, this would be a good thing, except for a few things.
(1) "hidden streams" format files are damaged if they pass over any path
that doesn't know about the hidden streams - for example storing them in
a CVS repository.
(2) macs not running leopard don't know about this innovation, and can't
can't see the "hidden stream" files.

Dot files are used if the file system is not ntfs.

Unfortunately, it appears that hidden steams are use even if I uncheck "afp" in the
sharing preferences.

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Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:37 pm

Joined: Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:35 am
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I found this page which describes the situation perfectly, and has a workaround which
seems to work.

The only caveat (so far) is that using the "no streams" option, some legacy programs which work under earlier OSX when the binary is in "appledouble" format do not work under snow leopard.

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Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:30 am

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Posts: 1

What? Wasnt Snow Leopard supposed to support NTFS read/write out of the box?

Here go some quotes by me.

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Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:20 pm

Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:00 pm
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Probably,there is a problem with the method you used for sharing and hiding files. You can try this app which is more convenient finder show hidden files

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