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CouchDB and PHP Web Development Beginner's Guide by Tim Juravich

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Time for action — using Terminal to show hidden files

Now that we have Terminal up and running, let's get familiar with it by running a quick command that exposes all of the hidden files on your computer. Whether you know it or not, there are a variety of files that are hidden, and they will need to be visible in order for us to complete the setup of our development environment.

  1. Start by opening Terminal.
  2. Type in the following command to allow the Finder to show hidden files, press Enter when you are ready:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    
    
  3. In order to see the files, you will need to restart the Finder, type the following command, and press Enter:
    killall Finder
    
    

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