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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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Are 'C:\ProgramData' and 'C:\Users\All Users' the same? Do I need both?

I have these two directories on my hard drive, which seem to be identical, and each take up 2.4GB C:\Users\All Users C:\ProgramData Why do both exist? Can I get rid of one of them?
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How do I unzip a tar gz archive to a specific destination?

I want to unpack a .tar.gz file to a specific directory. The archive file is in /root/Documents. I want to unzip it into /root/Desktop/folder. The folder structure in zipped file should be preserved ...
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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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Directory vs. Folder

Are both names synonyms or should one prefer one name over the other on different platforms?
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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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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
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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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Unable to delete folder in windows 7?

I'm unable to delete some folder on my external hard disk. I tried them to delete in safe mode too but I'm not able to perform this. This is a big headache to me now. Even I'm the admin and it still ...
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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 can I find the short path of a Windows directory/file?

I need to use shortened path names for an application that I am using. For example I need C:\PROGRA~1\ as opposed to C:\Program Files. The program can't handle spaces and won't accept quoted paths ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I find the size of a directory on a Unix-like command-line?

I know this is a very basic question, but I searched the web and did not find a simple answer. I'm sure it's some kind of two or three letter command, right?
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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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How can I remove a folder without a name in Win7?

I use Windows 7. The problem can be seen from the picture. I have tried to remove the folder "by mouse". But I failed to do so. How can I remove the folder without a name? UPDATE: Thanks to Nifle's ...
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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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windows folder with millions of files not responding

I am using windows 7 64-bit on q6600 with 4gb ram. I have a folder with 2 million files which are 10kB on average. windows 7 explorer stops responding when I open the folder. how can I overcome ...
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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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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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Cannot delete folder - Content seems to be nested recursively

I cannot delete a folder located on my hard disk by any means. I don't quite know how it was created, all I know is, that it is a pretty deep structure of folders (too deep to delete it at once, ...
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Dropbox and Google Drive syncing the same folder at the same time, is it posible?

I am interested in using Dropbox and Google Drive to sync the same folder at the same time... Is there any special consideration to be taken into account? Any help is apreciated.
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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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Why does the folder name change its color to blue? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does a blue filename in Windows Explorer mean? I have an external hard disk. When I plug it in a system running Windows XP.. all the folder names and even the file ...
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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 ...