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OS X 10.9.3 bug hiding Users folder in some instances

updated 01:19 pm EDT, Fri May 16, 2014

Terminal command may offer temporary fix

Yesterday's OS X 10.9.3 update contains a bug that is hiding the Users folder for some people, accounts say. The folder is essential in OS X, since it contains the home folder and personal files for each user account. Those files are still typically accessible through sidebar tabs, but the hiding of the folder itself may still cause problems.

A temporary solution involves running a Terminal command, "sudo chflags nohidden /Users". This is undone each time a Mac is restarted, but a simple AppleScript set to run at boot can launch the command automatically. Another alternative, once the Users folder is exposed, is to control-click on it and select Make Alias. The alias will provide quick access to the folder even once it's technically hidden again.




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  1. sibeale1

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    Joined: 02-23-06

    In the Finder View menu, select "Show Path Bar", then the Users Folder is easily accessed from the Path Bar at the bottom of any Finder window.

  1. bbh

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    Joined: 03-04-08

    I dont think the hidden User Folder is a "bug". I've read elsewhere is is intentional.

  1. noibs

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    Joined: 07-09-07

    It is a bug. On other websites there is more information about the ultimate source of the bug. Specifically it relates to incorrect permissions assigned to the Users folder by the update.

  1. jfelbab

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    Joined: 01-25-04

    13 updarte and none exhibit this issue so far.

  1. bigpoppa206

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    Joined: 06-13-03

    Happened to me too. It seems connected to if you have Find My Mac enabled or not.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    iTunes 11.2.1 is out and reportedly fixes this issue.

  1. donaldkepler

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    Joined: 04-07-14

    Yes, Apple solved the “hidden Users folder” bug occurring in Mac OS X with new iTunes version 11.2.1 and no restart is required for the change to occur.

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