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I've configured iTunes, iMovie, etc to never use my ~/Movies or ~/Pictures directories, and I personally never use ~/Public. However, something keeps re-creating these directories (and putting just a single file, ".localized" in them).

How can I stop Mac OS from doing this without my consent?

Thanks!

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You can't. You can hide them, though:

chflags hidden ~/Pictures
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Yes, these folders are used by the system and can't be deleted without messing up your system. – Wuffers May 12 '10 at 15:11
    
"chflags" doesn't hide anything -- it just tells the Finder not to show the directory (still visible in Terminal, for example). @mark And "the system" is too vague to make any sense. – user37093 Jan 14 '11 at 15:03

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