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I'm looking for something in /usr/bin or /var and those directories are "off-limits" for Spotlight or the Finder. What can I do to search & browse them besides drudgery through the Terminal command line?

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Simply open a Finder Window and press cmd shift g and then type for example /var to go to /private/var.

You can also set defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE via Terminal, restart Finder and then you will see ALL files. You could easily write a small AppleScript which toggles this option on/off.

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wheeee! thanks! – Jason S Mar 17 '12 at 18:11

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