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How to Show / Unhide the Library Folder in Your Home Directory (Mac OS X)

Matthew C writes:

I know I would benefit from learning how to disable iTunes and its User Agreement; perhaps your MPG readers would too. I do not agree to it, but I am forced to refuse it every single time. It's a real annoyance when I press the play button on the keyboard - the user agreement pops up every time. This is a degradation of function from other versions of OSX.

I am also really annoyed when I have to open terminal and fool with a command line just to show the files in my own library folder.

Also, now that I have an accelsior installed, the main bottleneck in my Mac Pro is still the spinning hard disks. I have OSX set to idle the HDDs after a short time (presumably, this saves some energy). In many programs when I enter an Open or Save dialog, the OS beachballs for a minute while it spins up all the disks - even if those were not the source or destination. I know the OS has no way of knowing my intention, but it seems like there should be a way to select an option to only spin up the disk when requested specifically.

DIGLLOYD MPG: I can’t speak to the iTunes situation. But William S writes with iTunes preference tweaks. These are provided for information only, this site is not necessarily recommending them:

# iTunes 9: Used in-store when activating devices
defaults write com.apple.itunes StoreActivationMode -bool true

# disable automatic device backup
defaults write com.apple.itunes AutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

# disable automatic device backup COMPLETLY
defaults delete com.apple.itunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

# Disable Ping Sidebar
defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar -bool true

# Disable Genius Sidebar
defaults delete com.apple.itunes disableGeniusSidebar -bool true

# Hides the dropdown Ping menu
defaults write com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown -bool true

# Store Genius Mode Disabled
defaults write com.apple.itunes StoreGeniusMode -bool false

Library folder in home direction

As far as the Library folder in your home directory, see How to Unhide your Library Folder on OS X in my Setting Up Your Mac Series.

chflags nohidden ~/Library

Unhide the home directory Library folder for OS X in Terminal: chflags nohidden ~/Library
Unhide the home directory Library folder for OS X in Terminal: chflags nohidden ~/Library

Hard drives Spin up

Let 'em spin. The oceans won’t overflow.

Keep hard drives spinning by unchecking “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”
Keep hard drives spinning by unchecking “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”

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