How to show hidden files in Mac OS Finder

I’m not sure why this command doesn’t get more play, so I’m gonna put it out there so google picks it up. At least in Snow Leopard, simply hitting cmd-shift-. will show hidden files for that browse session.


defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

At least for me, that’s a much more usable solution than permanently showing all hidden files, which is what you get by executing the more commonly documented solution:

See also:
[1] http://www.macworld.com/article/142884/2009/09/106seehidden.html
[2] http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/04/show-hidden-files.html

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