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How to merge (and not replace) folders when copying on the Mac?

There's a similar question about windows. This is the same, but for mac. By the way, it's odd there's no question on this yet, since it seems like it's the most hated thing on Mac OS X. If I try ...
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What is the difference between “Program Files” and “Program Files X86”?

In Windows 7 there are two folders, "Program Files" and "Program Files X86". What is difference between them? Where does a 64 Bit program get installed?
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How to add an empty folder in a Mercurial project?

In my project, I am using Mercurial and a folder in when the user can upload file. But since the user will upload files, the folder is empty. I don't know how I can add this folder to my project ...
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Directory vs. Folder

Are both names synonyms or should one prefer one name over the other on different platforms?
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What is the difference between “local” and “roaming” folders? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there directories called Local, LocalLow, and Roaming under \Users\<username>? I've been poking around some of folders on my Windows 7 Home Premium ...
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Linux: Compare Directory Structure Without Comparing Files

What is the best and simplest way to compare two directory structures without actually comparing the data in files. This works fine: diff -qr dir1 dir2 But it's really slow because it's comparing ...
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Open folder for a given path in Mac OS X

Let's say I have a path to a folder in a text document or in the clipboard, for example: /Users/Joe/Documents/workspace/test How can I quickly open this folder in Mac OS X? In Windows I could open ...
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What is a good tool to export a directory structure?

Is there any good tool that I can use to get a browsable tree-view of the directory structure of a partition? Something like the tree view in the windows explorer. Additionally, I need to be able to ...
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How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top?

How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top? There doesn't seem to be any option in View Options.
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Can't delete folder, need permission from adminstrator? [duplicate]

There's a folder on my desktop called like 'example' and when I try to delete it it says "You require permission from the computer's admistrator to make changes to this folder" when checking the ...
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How do I gunzip to a different destination directory?

How do I gunzip to a destination directory other than the current one? This did not work: gunzip *.gz /putthemhere/
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How to have full directory path always shown in mac terminal (like linux terminal)

In my ubuntu terminal I have always current directory shown completely. Just like this: blabla@blublu:~/music/my_album/classical/beethoven$ But in my Mac (Mac OS X 10.6.5) terminal does not show ...
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How to recursively change sharing/permission of a folder in Mac OS X

Is there any Mac OS X tools or scripts which allow me to change sharing/permission properties of files and subfolders in a folder recursively. For example, to let everybody or a specific user able to ...
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Where is the wallpaper folder in Windows 7?

Where is the wallpaper folder in Windows 7?
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Password protect a folder

What are the available options for password protecting a folder? I'm talking about requiring a password to actually access the folder, not just user access rights. Is the third-party software out ...
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Why is there usually a folder called 1033 in Microsoft Folders

I found that most of the software by Microsoft contains a 1033 folder. Is there any relation of the folder with Microsoft? Does it contain a special type of data?
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Double root folder vs single root folder

On my Linux box, in bash, I have access to a "double root" folder denoted by two forward slashes: tomas:~ $ cd / tomas:/ $ ls bin/ cdrom@ ... tomas:/ $ cd // tomas:// $ ls bin/ cdrom@ ... The ...
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How do I create a tar file in alphabetical order?

I want to create a tar file where all of the directories and files are processed in alphabetical order. This is for the entire directory hierarchy that's being tarred up, so it would start by ...
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CURL to download a directory

I am trying to download a full website directory using CURL. The following command does not work: curl -LO http://example.com/ It returns an error: curl: Remote file name has no length!. But when ...
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Can I use the “start” command with spaces in the path?

I have a path like this: Y:\xxx\dd sss\aaa\ccc Y:\ is mapped to an FTP address. Now when I try to use start to open my folder I cannot. Command prompt makes mistake and goes to Y:\xxx\dd folder! I ...
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How do I get Windows 7 to NOT use the recycling Bin on a removable drive?

How do I get Windows 7 to NOT use the recycling Bin on a removable drive? I've already told Windows to not use the function on that drive but Windows still creates the "Recycling Bin" folder. It stays ...
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Can't delete folder in Windows 7

I'm trying to delete a folder in Windows 7 and get a perplexing error message: "Could not find this item: This is no longer located in G:\Graphics. Verify the item's location and try again. I can ...
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.tar files without directory structure

I'm .taring some files with the path example/super_user/Output.*. The resulting .tar looks like this: + example + super_user - Output.zip - Output.xml - Output.txt ...
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Easiest way to get right-click “Open command window here” with admin priveleges in Windows 7

I don't want to install PowerToys, I'd rather a simpler solution for this specific problem. I've tried Ctrl+Shift+Right-Click. I've tried adding a registry script, but I get the following error: ...
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Unable to rename a folder or a file as 'con'

in all versions of Windows we are unable to rename a file or a folder name as con unless we use a renaming software. Why a file or a folder can't be renamed as con?
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how to access different directories outside cygwin home dir

I have installed dropbox in my computer, but it is located outside my cygwin directory. The probably easiest way would probably just move the dropbox directory to cygwin's home dir. Anyway I wonder if ...
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what does “~/.” mean in terms of OS X folders/directories?

Hey, I'm installing a program on my MacBook that has to be unzipped to the ~/.spring directory; now, I know what Spring is, it's the name of the thing I'm installing. I'd be very happy to create a ...
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How to safely delete stuff from %SystemDrive%\Windows\Installer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer? How can I safely delete OR shrink OR delete from the %SystemDrive%\Windows\Installer folder? Don't tell me to go to ...
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Why a folder must be executable?

Permission for files: chmod 664 myFile // rw-rw-r-- And for folders: chmod 774 myFolder // rwxrwxr-- If I only use the "read and write" permission, the folders won't show its contents, why ?
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Copy folder structure on Windows

I want to replicate the folder structure from a location in another location. Also, I want only the structure which is one level deep to be replicated. Is there a way to do it? I'm running Windows 7 ...
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Open a directory in a Linux GUI file browser via the command line

Is there a way to open a file browser window (in KDE or GNOME or some desktop environment) for a directory while your navigating directories from the terminal? Text editors that have a GUI will open ...
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Unix: Slash after directory names or not

What is the difference between the following commands? mv foo bar mv foo/ bar/ mv foo/ bar mv foo bar/ Or is there no difference? Or does it depend on the command being used? Think for example I ...
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What does a *Locked* folder mean in Windows 7?

I thought that folders with a lock symbol next to them represented either an encrypted or a compressed file. However according to this post, I was wrong. What does this locked folder mean under ...
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Taking a single screenshot of a large folder's contents (Windows)

I have a folder with 643 subfolders in it, and I want to be able to capture a screenshot of the contents of this folder (in a single image). Now obviously, even with my 1920px resolution and the sub ...
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What is the difference between ./ and ../?

when we specify the file path some times we specify like ./filename and some time ../filename what is difference between these two?
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What is the difference between a directory and a folder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Directory vs. Folder Most people use the terms "folder" and "directory" interchangeably. Is there a difference, and if so, what is it?
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How to change file permissions for a directory in one command

How can I change all the file permissions of a directory in one command in Unix?
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How to delete a folder containing trailing spaces

I have a bunch of folders on my hardrive that have trailing spaces in them (I have no idea how they got there). I need to rename and/or delete them, but windows won't allow me to do this. Is there any ...
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Change the folder that Windows Explorer starts at

In Windows7, when you open the Windows Explorer using the pinned Windows Explorer button on taskbar, it opens WE and points it to My Documents folder. Is there a way to change this so it doesn't open ...
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deleting windows system folder

I want to use an old drive as a secondary hard drive without reformatting. But this old hard drive contains my old Vista installation which takes up gigs of space. I tried changing ownership and it ...
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How do I create a shortcut that opens Cygwin bash shell on a directory of my choosing (UNC especially)?

Given a standard installation of Cygwin for Windows XP, I would like to create a standard Explorer shortcut that opens a bash shell already open on a directory of my choosing. The directory is a UNC ...
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Windows 7: Can't access or delete folder although logged in as administrator

I have some folder: C:\program files (x86)\myApplication\myFolder I uninstalled the application, but myFolder is still there. If I try to open it, I get an 'Access denied'. If I try to delete it I ...
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How can I delete permanently My Folders in Windows 7?

How can I delete permanently My Music/My Pictures/My Videos/etc. Folders in Windows 7? If you delete this folders manually, Windows Media Player 12 recreate all of them again, again and again! It's a ...
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How to set default permissions for files moved or copied to a directory?

My question is similar to How to set the default file permissions on ALL newly created files in linux - but differs in important ways: I want all files created in (or copied to or moved to) a certain ...
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When should I activate the “launch folder windows in a separate process” option?

In folder options -> view, there's an option that's off by default called "Launch folder windows in a separate process". I'm on windows-7, but I know this capability has existed since at least windows ...
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Which are the most important directories to backup on a Linux server?

I'm running an Ubuntu 9.10 Linux server. I'm trying to find a way to backup the machine while it is running and from what I see, this eliminates the disk clone utilities. All of the disk clone stuff I ...
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Sort files by date modified, but folders always before files in Windows Explorer?

I can sort files and directories in Windows Explorer by date modified. I always let recent files display first. When I sort by date modified, directories alway displayed after files. Is it possible ...
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How to open folder without using mouse in Mac?

I'm recently switched to Mac from windows, I was quite pain but now adjusted to the Mac commands and shortcuts except one, that is whenever select folder and hit return/enter it executes the rename. ...
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List all unique extensions for files contained in a directory

I would like to see all the unique extension of files contained in a certain directory. What is the command to do that in bash? One could use find . -type f to get all the files in the current ...
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I Want a Single “Downloads” Folder on Windows 7

With both of my Windows 7 machines, there is a Downloads folder in the user's directory, and also a Downloads folder in the user's My Documents folder. It seems that half of my applications put ...