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DSWipe is a very simple application to remove those pesky .DS_Store files you find littered all over Mac OS X.

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Version 1.0: initial release.

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Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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xSmurf
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Any way to see a feature to delete those pesky .Apple* AFP folders? It's really a public nuisance when I mount shares from my *nix box!

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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Very nice app. I burn a lot of DVD backups that I use on both Macs and PCs and there is nothing more frustrating than seeing hundreds of those darn .DS_Store files on a Windows machine. Any Windows machine will show a .DS_Store file, so deleting them is a necessity for me. One thing I would like to see, in a future release, is the ability to drag and drop a folder onto the app, instead of having to select it via a dialog menu. Other than that, the app is a real time saver for me.

P.S. A message to Roxio: Why doesn't Toast automatically delete these files when burning a Cross Platform Hybrid CD/DVD? It only makes sense to do so.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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it makes sense when saving folders to a M$ server. I only access some of the folders on my work server, but the folders in the pathway all have .ds files. I guess the IT guys get frustrated, but it also shows that we were there. Just use Cocktail and choose the specific folder and in to make you feel even better fix your permissions. 2 birds 1 stone.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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this is kinda dumb, you only see .DS_Store files if you are viewing invisible files... and they store the view properties of a folder, like icon size and other stuff..... why would you want to delete them???

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Version 1.0
Intrarts Creative Media (Developer)
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Why would I delete .DS_Store files?
There is actually quite a few reasons to delete them.

.DS_Store files can cause verification errors in Toast if the file is modified while a CD is being burned. In addition there is no reason to burn .DS_Store files on most CDs.

.DS_Store files are listed on network servers and litter file listings. Files that start with . are not hidden on Windows machines or Samba shares.

.DS_Store files eat up space on your hard drive for window settings you might not need. This is especially true if you prefer all your windows to have the same default settings.

.DS_Store files could be a security risk if you upload them to a web server. They contain folder information which can be exploited to obtain system configuration information.

President Leechman
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Applications that use directories as dropboxes, like Palm Hotsync, sometimes freak out when unexpected files show up. Also, you can't delete a non-empty directory, you have to delete its contents first, so some apps can get confused when they remove all the normal files in a directory but they can't remove the directory because there's a dotfile left over.

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Anonymous
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how use less.DS_store files will all come back system makes them.

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Version 1.0
Intrarts Creative Media (Developer)
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Actually they are only created by the Finder. .DS_Store files on your network volumes will only come back if you access them in the Finder. Until Apple provides a preference to turn off .DS_Store files completely, this is our only option =P

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Anonymous
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I like the idea, but does it limit it to folders? Or drives? Or what? I don't want them all gone, do i?

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Version 1.0
Intrarts Creative Media (Developer)
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Now, some of you were questioning why you would remove these files.

.DS_Store files can cause verification errors in Toast if the file is modified while a CD is being burned. In addition there is no reason to burn .DS_Store files on most CDs.

.DS_Store files are listed on network servers and litter file listings. Files that start with . are not hidden on Windows machines or Samba shares.

.DS_Store files eat up space on your hard drive for window settings you might not need. This is especially true if you prefer all your windows to have the same default settings.

.DS_Store files could be a security risk if you upload them to a web server. They contain folder information which can be exploited to obtain system configuration information.

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Anonymous
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find ./ -name .DS_Store -exec rm {} \;

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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find ... -exec rm '{}' ';'

loads and runs "rm" for every file.

find ... -print0 | xargs -0 rm

passes the files to "rm" in chunks, which is much more efficient.

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Anonymous
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find / -name .DS-Store -print0 | xargs -0 rm

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 14,005
Version Downloads 12,161
License Free
Date 16 Jul 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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