At work our largely shared fileserver is filled with .DS_store preferences from various users. We clean these files now and then, but still it happens constantly that I run into a folder where someone has opened folders in the list view, or has changed the view to column view, and these settings have been saved in the .DS_store file and are directly applied to my folder view.

Is there a way where I can tell OSX to ignore all .DS_store view preferences when browsing through specific folders?


It might be better to try persuade it not to write them in the first place...

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Execute this command: defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
  3. Either restart the computer or log out and back in to the user account.

From Mac OS X v10.4 and later: How to prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections which apparently has never been superseded or indeed maintained for a long time, but is still the recommended way.

You might also find this interesting - Got a Mac? Prevent OPSEC leakage by cleaning hidden OS X files from USB drives The recommended freeware from that report CleanMyDrive claims to be able to handle network volumes too [I'm just testing it myself so have no results as yet, but reviews are good on the app store]

  • That would be better, but is not possible in this case. The network is shared by a large amount of OSX machines. I'm asking specifically for a client-side solution to ignore the files. – dubbelj Nov 19 '14 at 12:00
  • judging by the number of hits you get on Google for 'disabling creation' vs 'ignoring' & an identical question on SE from a year ago with no solution, I'm guessing it can't be done that way. Looks like prevention will be better than cure. – Tetsujin Nov 19 '14 at 12:09
  • Yup, i know there's not an easy to find solution. Hence my question here. Thanks for you efforts though. – dubbelj Nov 19 '14 at 13:18

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