Macs & Garbage Files


#1

It seems whenever you put a PC disk into a Mac system, MacOS insists on writing garbage files to it and never cleans up the mess it makes. The files are often impossible to delete on a PC system, and you end up reformatting the media to just to get a clean disk again.
Is there any way to make a Mac write the garbage files to its own hard disk instead of contaminating the media?

thanks for any hints


#2

These files are created on volumes that don’t natively support full HFS file characteristics (e.g. ufs volumes, Windows fileshares, etc). When a Mac file is copied to such a volume, its data fork is stored under the file’s regular name, and the additional HFS information (resource fork, type & creator codes, etc) is stored in a second file, with a name that starts with “._”. (These files are, of course, invisible as far as OS-X is concerned, but not to other OS’s; this can sometimes be annoying…)

From:
westwind.com/reference/OS-X/invisibles.html

Hope that helps.


#3

Thanks for the info kozmo, most informative. It’s a shame that Apple didn’t think of anyone but themselves when dreaming that system up. Hardly surprising though.


#4

Contaminated?!? A PC user complaining about contamination? A PC user complaining about thoughtlessness? A PC is contamination – Klez and million other viruses, trojans, dialers, etc.

Ten seconds to reformat a disk and here you are whinging!?!?

How much time have you spent cleaning up viruses, installing patches and security fixes (ie wiping Bill’s arse and you pay for the privaledge) – it probably adds up to months of your life and you complain about reformatting a stinking floppy!!!

Please, feel free to unburden “the rest of us” of your pathetic existence…


#5

Humor: Macworld events schedule

MacWorld Expo 1999
Events Schedule

9:00-9:30 - Wait for Steve Jobs to arrive.

9:30-10:00 - Explain to Steve what’s going on, and that kissing the iMacs in public is a no-no.

10:00-10:30 - Boot up the Macs.

10:30-11:00 - Boot up the Macs… (Continued).

11:00-12:00 - Still waiting for the Macs to boot - Snake dance lady.

12:00-1:00 - Recover crashed Macs - extinguish PowerBooks.

1:00-2:00 - Keynote address - Al Gore discusses how he invented the internet.

2:00-2:05 - Mac user 3D games championship.

2:05-2:05.30 - Discussion of innovative products to be released by Apple.

2:05.30-4:00 - PC users rounded up and killed in McCarthy-like witch hunt.

4:00-5:00 - Dinner - Dead PC users eaten in twisted, cannibalistic, ritual.

Stolen from: www.Ihateapple.com


#6

How about continuing this discussion in the flame forum? I did enjoy the Macworld Events Schedule though.


#7

I don’t get it. What do you mean? That system is necessarily necessary in order to have a workaround for cross-compatibility. At least I can put a PC formated disk into my Mac and it works … every time. PCs just don’t do that and it makes me really frustrated when workting with the printers here. I’ve bought a nifty little program to take care of that:

dataviz.com/products/macopener/

Works like a charm.

However, for most Mac designer users these days working cross-platform, they’ll choose the PC format to work on just in case it has to be ported over to a PC in a moments notice. The resource fork “garbage” that you talk about is therefore technically necessary and has little to do with selfishness or short-sightedness.