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7.2.0
09 October 2019

Disable DS_Store creation and more.

Nootilus
28 September 2009

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I was using FinderCleaner to clean up volatile supports like USB key before using them with PCs. Unfortunately FinderCleaner has been discontinued. Therefore I'm looking for some replacement. Blue Harvest looked like the perfect tool until I tried it. It is so powerful in cleaning that even with the setting done it wipped all my external drives preferences. I lost all the colored folders and several cool settings. I'm sorry, but I can't trust a software that overring user's settings.
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Version 3.0.1

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june8
02 October 2018
Lost ability. Cannot delete some .DS_Store files in user's protected folders on macOS Mojave.
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Version 7.1.0
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MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
07 October 2018
The following command will delete any all .DS_Store files on your Mac's internal boot volume that are accessible to root:

sudo find / -name .DS_Store -delete && killall Finder

BlueHarvest deletions should still work on attached volumes, though. And isn't that the main functionality of BlueHarvest anyway? Cleaning up on external volumes, not on your boot volume?
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june8
26 July 2018
This is one of the excellent install and forget type utility.
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Version 7.0.7
lars-51
08 June 2018
The blurb here says "it blocks new ones [clutter files] from being created." Is that really true? As far as I can tell, no other utility claims to be able to do that. And the blurb for BlueHarvest in the App Store does not make that claim.
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Version 7.0.4
MichaelHaeusler
25 January 2018
This is actually a great app, and v7.0.0 worked fine. But now, with update 7.0.1, the app fails to install the privileged helper. Too bad.
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Version 7.0.1
Y-Guy
10 December 2016
Being on a work network this is a life saver. Gets rid of the mac junk that's left behind but the windows garbage too. Works great and very simple.
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Version 6.4.0
Chaloots
01 February 2015
If you've got TinkerTool System 2 installed on your Mac you can use its File Operations>Cleanup>Removable Disks option to delete many of the same files.
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Version 6.1.5
2 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
02 February 2015
Thanks for the tip! ;-)
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Tekl
Tekl
21 April 2017
But not for network shares.
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Alvin-H
02 December 2014
It's updated to 6.1.4 The app it self show update 6.1.4, but the web site not show the update (in release history), but when we download the file it will give you 6.1.4.
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Version 6.1.3
Yoshinatsu
17 November 2014
This app is a salvation.
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Version 6.1.2
Neil-M
27 October 2014
v.6 is an upgrade - $2.99 I've been using Blue Harvest for, who knows how many years, and it's great. The ability for the Mac to clean up after itself on non-mac file servers seems, like good manners and housekeeping - well worth it. With v.6 Ross has added the ability to schedule clean ups - this means you can have a Mac clean up the server, even if other Macs attaching to the server do not have BH activated - even better.
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Version 6.1.0
Volcanus
05 September 2014
I would like to see the option to perform additional task also on mounting non Mac disks.
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Version 5.5.9
Rabati
24 October 2013
Hi, I bought BH years ago and all the updates were free. Yesterday I updated my Mac to 10.9 and I had a glitch (minor) with BH. Sent an email to the developer and today I have the fix. Excellent support and app. Thanks Ross.
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Version 5.5.6
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Pixniri
Pixniri
24 October 2013
I have to acknowledge the excellent support: Version 5.5.7 with the fix for my problem came within 1 day from my bug report! Thanks!
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Jer
31 May 2013
Thank you for keeping this great utility updated and working correctly in Mountain Lion. It's one of those minor hassles of working in OS X which is solved beautifully behind the scenes with this app!
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Version 5.5.2
Macpenguin
28 January 2013
Hi, Well, maybe I did something wrong while setting up BlueHarvest. If I did so, then everything can be explained. But here is why I tried it. I store music and movies on a Network hard drive connected via USB to my Apple AirPort Extreme which itself is connected to my computer via Ethernet. I want to access to those folders using an Oppo BDP-105 networked universal player that can access networked volumes using SMB/CIFS and so, appreciate if it doesn't show up those annoying files. The hard drives show up as networked volumes. They are formatted in HFS+ but as they are considered as networked volumes, I assume that the format is irrelevant here. Well, whatever I move from my computer to the networked harddrive, there are two options : - 1°) the original folder does not contain any of those .XXX scammed files and thus they do not appear on the networked volume ; - 2°) the original folder does contain those annoying files and they are copied even though I ask BlueHarvest to clean up networked volume and they are still there after I select the folder an choose "Clean using BlueHarvest" from the contextual menu. So, good idea... but poor execution as far as I am concerned. But considering the other comments, I must have done something wrong :-(
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Version 5.2.0
Alvin-H
14 July 2012
I've been using it since blue harvest 3 pay to update to 4 but received v5 freely from developers. I've try some similar app even with recent CMD with have nice GUI, but eat bigger memory. CMD use 48MB but blue harvest only use 9MB, and it sit silently in my prefpane. Never find any trouble, and after installing this app my friend never complain about weird file in their disk anymore.
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Version 5.1.0
Sanchai
05 September 2011
Just upgraded to 5.0.1 on Macbook Pro running Lion 10.7.1. Upgrade went fine, but when I start Blueharvest from Preference, an error pop up, saying that Blueharvest need a 64 bit capable system (because on the top opf Preference) it show Blueharvest 32 bits I have to shut down Preferences and restart it to be able to start Blueharvest 5.0.1 properly. This problem occurred alm,ost every time after reboot Fix please
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Version 5.0.1
2 answer(s)
ronaldpr
ronaldpr
05 September 2011
No such problem here on my Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. BlueHarvest 5.0.1 requires a 64-bit Intel Mac (see developer's site). Maybe your MacBook Pro is an early Intel model with Intel Core Duo (not Intel Core 2 Duo) processor that is 32-bit only?
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ronaldpr
ronaldpr
05 September 2011
Oops! Disregard my reply below about 32 vs 64-bit. On a 32-bit Intel Mac you cannot install Lion, so your MacBook Pro is 64-bit.
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Mitch-de
29 June 2010
Splotlight files are NOT removed. I always have > 100 files to clean on my SANSA MP3 Player in Rockbox (disktidy). Can that spotlight files be deleted to in next versions ?
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Version 4.0.3
2 answer(s)
Thyx
Thyx
12 January 2011
You're right, same issue with Hidden Cleaner (and Rockbox rocks!!). Still, .Spotlight is only a single small folder, as long as it's deactivated for the USB drive(s). Most importantly it does not intervene with play lists etc.
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Thyx
Thyx
12 January 2011
Ah, sorry, I just found out they advertise the removal of .Spotlight and other folders. Still, I'm not sure if that amounts to 16.95$.
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Mattstanford
21 May 2010
My contextual menu is not visible, although it is present in the Contextual Menus folder. Any suggestions?
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Version 4.0.2
pnn314
16 February 2010
Blueharvest v4.0.0 and later does not work with the Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 7.0.3 which is used to enable write NTFS disks. When Paragon NTFS driver is installed on Mac OS 10.6 Blueharvest v4.0.0 and later does not delete the invisible files on NTFS disks. Nevertheless the Blueharvest v3.5 works fine in these conditions. So I contunue using Blueharvest v3.5. Nikolay
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Version 4.0.1
Nootilus
28 September 2009
I was using FinderCleaner to clean up volatile supports like USB key before using them with PCs. Unfortunately FinderCleaner has been discontinued. Therefore I'm looking for some replacement. Blue Harvest looked like the perfect tool until I tried it. It is so powerful in cleaning that even with the setting done it wipped all my external drives preferences. I lost all the colored folders and several cool settings. I'm sorry, but I can't trust a software that overring user's settings.
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Version 3.0.1
3 answer(s)
Mitch-de
Mitch-de
23 October 2009
"Automatically remove ".DS_Store" files." ???? If you have an non HFS Volume you simple should not use such cleaning tools ! Because all will delete .DS_Store in which suche cosmetic things like folder icons are saved.
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Version 3.0.2
Kobalt
Kobalt
10 November 2009
NOOTILUS, I don't know about v3.0.1 for which you wrote your comment, but v3.0.3 has an option to 'Allow disks to have custom icons'. That should at least solve your coloured folder problem.
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Version 3.0.3
ultratiem
ultratiem
19 April 2011
Icons are not stored in .DS_Store. There is a hidden file called Icon? which carries that data.
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Skityba2
20 September 2009
for two weeks Safari can't find the server “zeroonetwenty.com”
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Version 3.0.1
System Preferences throws up a sheet saying that this pref pane cannot be installed. 10.4.11 on a G3 PPC
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Version 2.0.5
Shralldam
16 February 2008
Windows also creates annoying files that are visible under OS X, such as "Thumbs.db" inside a folder containing pictures...
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Version 2.0.1
Vortexfive
14 September 2006
If Apple claims to work seamleslly together with pc's, I find they should include something like this. Great program
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Version 1.1
Ned-Anderson
03 May 2006
Arn't .DS_Store files a nessessary part of OSX. Don't they hold important info like window positions, what view mode they're in (list or icon). Or wheather the side bar is present or not? wouldn't wiping all the .DS files set everything back to factory settings?
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Version 1.0.3
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Hal2007
Hal2007
22 May 2006
You're right. Those files hold information about window placement, labels on files and the way window content is displayed (list, icon, columns). Blue Harvest is mainly adressed to people that have windows servers. Windows people are often annoyed by those .DS_Store files that Mac OS X spreads everywhere. And on a windows server, you can't make real use of those settings anyhow. So why not force the system to simply not generate those invisble files on certain locations? However, there are tools that do that for no money (Onyx, TinkerTool, and possibly more). Blue Harvest gives more control about that, but this costs you extra.
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Version 1.0.3
Wcitymike
29 March 2006
How about an Intel Mac port?
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Version 1.0.2
Trigger1976
16 February 2006
Living in the world of both Macs & PCs (like many nowdays)I find this little app very handy as I am constantly shifting files between systems. You can remove those damn .DS_Store files and resource folks with a little work in Terminal but using BlueHarvest definately saves time and effort. I was happy to pay the small fee to register. Moving data between Windows and OS X should be a simple task and I find this a real weakness with the HFS file system. I hope Apple resolve this in the next big cat version of OS X.
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Version 1.0
sjk
21 December 2005
Now that there are several "file tagging" utilities for 10.4 that use Spotlight comments probably the most important warning for users of those who'd also be using this utility is that Spotlight (Finder) comments are stored in .DS_Store files.
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Version 0.8.1
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rspeed
rspeed
29 March 2006
Are you certain of that? Can you provide a source? That certainly does not make sense. The information she be stored either in the HFS+ extended attributes or the Spotlight database.
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Version 1.0.2
sjk
sjk
30 March 2006
Yes, I'm certain. You can verify it yourself (as I did) by examining a .DS_Store file in any folder that contains files with Finder/Spotlight comments, then removing the .DS_Store and noticing the comments are gone (maybe not instantly due to caching; restarting Finder). I don't know offhand where good sources of information about .DS_Stores files is but there's some in this excellent two-year-old Mac OS X Hints article: Explaining the Finder's view options and toolbar visibility I hope everyone creating utilities (like BlueHarvest) that delete .DS_Store files has at least that much understanding of their purposes. And I still feel that adequate warning might help people make more informed choices whether or not to delete them.
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Version 1.0.2
sjk
sjk
01 April 2006
For related info, see the last paragraph of: Mac OS X 10.4: How to prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301711 ... and follow the link to: Mac OS X: Get Info Comments May Not Appear for Remote Volumes docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107822
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Version 1.0.2
rspeed
rspeed
01 April 2006
The second article you posted (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107822) contradicts your statements. It seems that the data exists both in the DS_Store file as well as the local Spotlight database. When editing the Spotlight comments on a remote file, the changes you make will ONLY apply on the local machine, regardless of the use of this software. If copying an entire folder, however, the DS_Store file will be transferred and the comments WILL appear on other machines. Ironically, it seems that if you use this software to disable DS_Store files on remote volumes the Finder's behavior actually becomes more consistent! I've verified that removing a DS_Store file causes the Spotlight comments to disappear from the get info window. The data is still searchable via Spotlight, however. It seems to me that this is actually a bug. Hopefully Apple will sort this all out in the next version of OS X. The best course of action would be to stop using DS_Store files altogether and take advantage of the metadata capabilities of the filesystem.
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Version 1.0.2
sjk
sjk
02 April 2006
Maybe there's a contradiction since my original comments didn't take any local vs. remote issues into account. Anyway, thanks for the discussion. Maybe best to end here by saying we agree that .DS_Store files should somehow go away. Or, minimally, not be used for storing Finder/Spotlight comments because some users will delete those files and unwittingly wipe out the comments. That's the main point I wanted to communicate.
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Version 1.0.2
Alanr
01 December 2005
Maybe some people won't understand why this is useful. I'll quote from the author's webpage. "What is a DS_Store/Resource fork (._) file? If you don't know what these files are you don't need this software! DS_Store files are created by the Finder to store information about directories and files including viewing options and icon positions. Resource fork (._) files, often called "dot underscore files" are created by the MacOS when an application adds a resource fork to a file on a volume whose format doesn't natively support resource forks. Such as SMB, UFS and NTFS. A file's resource fork may contain information which is important, redundant or both. Why would I want to remove DS_Store/Resource fork files? These files can cause problems with certain types of software, hardware devices and file servers [also WebDAV servers]. If you've never had a problem with these files you don't need this software." He does not mention common devices like Flash memory sticks or cards, non Apple MP3 players, phones etc... These "._" files can cause problems with some devices or at minimum clutter up your non Apple device or disk with uneeded files. If you've ever wondered why you get all these .DS or ._xxx files on your non Apple device this is the reason.
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Version 0.7.2
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maconnect-1
maconnect-1
20 December 2005
uh, as far as I know DS_store files do NOT store the icon position. In fact, this is a file property.
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Version 0.8
Alanr
Alanr
23 December 2005
I think his leading line (What is a DS_Store/Resource fork (._) file?) may be a little confusing. That could read "What is a .DS_Store or Resource Fork ._xxxxx file" The most annoying gremlins are the ._xxxx files. You'll only get one .DS_Store per folder but one ._xxxxx file for each file.
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Version 0.8.2