I wanted to make the files that my new WD Live creates for it’s library invisible in my mac. It creates two files for each movie, a movie.metathumb file and a movie.xml, where “movie” is the name of the movie, say “Alice In Wonderland.avi”.

When you install XCode (Apple Mac Developer tools) you get a little script called “SetFile”, which lives in: /usr/bin/SetFile

You can run the following commands to make these files invisible to your Finder:

PS: To make them visible again, you’ll notice that it’s a capital “V”, just run the same with lower case “v”:

It worked wonderfully!

Now all I have to do is create a shell script that gets run each time I mount my drive when I’m copying movies on to it :)