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Finder Cleaner 1.9

There was a great little app called Finder Cleaner (last version was 1.9 - was here https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16996/findercleaner/ till the publisher went down). It removes all the file-forks, .DS_Store files and various other OSX debris from external drives that are shared with other systems like Windows.

Does anyone still have this? Can't find it anywhere. The download file was just FinderCleaner.dmg

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The author seems to have done a good job of making sure nobody can find his software after he removed his website. Unfortunately, we see this a lot where almost every link points to the defunct author website (which has obviously blocked Wayback Machine scans). Question: why do they intentionally make it so difficult?. The best I could find is a working link to v1.6

https://en.softonic.com/download/findercleaner/mac/post-download?sl=1

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That is the question isn't it mrdav: I suspect more than not people just wanted to get more traffic to their own sites, and links rather than mirrors were the order of the day. Thanks so much for finding that - will have to check it out - hopefully still gets the job done.

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As it turns out the author of this and iClean/iCleanup, etc, are one and the same and if you go to the web archive page here for iCleanup then work backwards to the root "/~timgoeree/" you'll see that he was hosting an "adult" site (nothing to see there, so don't worry your eyes won't burn out) Wink

Which could explain why this author made it so difficult to archive his content...

Thanks for that FinderCleaner link too, btw.

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May be not needing this utility to remove invisible files. Just use this command in the terminal for that :

find . -name .DS_Store -exec rm {} \;

Enjoy! Wink

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MacTouch thanks and you're right that does get rid of .DS_Store, but the ones that really make it tough are the File Forks. They show up as ._ files and there will be as many as there are files (often this leads to hundreds of 'Dud' files on an MP3 player).

I might up just having to wright a fix in Applescript. Thanks anyway.

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Then, you can replace the command like that :

find . -name ._ -exec rm {} \;

This works for me, but this will erase all files beginning with "._", so use with caution... Wink

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Not Bad - Thanks again! I wound up doing

find . -name "._*" exec rm {} \;

Will just implement a safety so that it will exit if it detects the drive being aimed at is one of my internal drives (by accident).

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YW. Wink

Good luck for your script...

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My favorite Mac crap cleaner of all time is CleanEject, which happily removes from USB devices:

  • .Trashes/
  • .Spotlight-V100/
  • .fseventsd/
  • .TemporaryItems/
  • .DS_Store
  • .apdisk
  • all files starting with ._ (excluding the file ._. ; this one is essential when you've set a custom drive icon)

Sadly, the once brilliant author of this software in 2016 met with a terrible debilitating accident (suffered a stroke) and will no longer be able to update his software further.

If you check out his site, clicking the button labelled [Sluit mededeling] dismisses the Dutch notice informing you of what has befallen him.

I would like to get earlier Universal versions of CleanEject too, so I could use it with PPC Mac, but it's no longer available (including Web Archive)...

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M.T.T. Sounds GREAT. Do you know if it has some avoidence of the boot-disk? While this is GREAT for a flash-drive, can eviscerate the OSX/OS9 boot drive!

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It only looks for connected drives - USB only I think. Also it won't recognise HFS+ drives by default.
A quote from his site:

The program does not operate on Mac OS Extended formatted disks, because there the removal of these files is unwanted. That's why CleanEject won't show these disks.

While you can manually use this app to look for mounted disks and selectively unmount them, I prefer to have an alias of the app on the desktop and drag disks to it, to unmount. This way it's no different in operation than dragging a disk to the Trash in the Finder. Easy.

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This is likely BETTER than Finder Cleaner

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Do you know if there is a Tiger version? Seems only to work for Intel Macs.

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Only if someone with the nouse of mrdav can locate it. Wink

Review the last paragraph of the 1st post I made, above.

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I'm tempted to just MAKE it. Applescript is pretty good at this type of thing. If it works out will post it.

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Some script hints on this page might help save some time.

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Do you know if there is a Tiger version? Seems only to work for Intel Macs.

I may have found the next best thing and it runs on PPC Tiger too.

It's called iClean, from 2004¹ - And the (Web Archive) download works!

Almost, but not quite as elegant as CleanEject, it's not bad and at least it runs on PPC 10.4

This one is staying on my iBook G4 for now.

We'll have a page for it here shortly.

¹ The web page names the app as "iCleanup" but the DL'd app and documentation names itself as "iClean".
I think this was the final revised version before it vanished from the web. It appears to be an AppleScript applet in origin.

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Will test it!! The FCB thing isn't much of an issue now that Sherlock is dead. Will see if it is safe for HFS volumes.

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Works GREAT. Didn't change file-forks on an HFS volume and did it's thing GREAT on FAT32.
Also, worked as a Droplet and a Right-Click item under Finderpop. BEST OF ALL, it's Applescript is editable. Will see if I can set the Admin Password thing to the Keychain. ROCKING IT MikeTomTom.

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Why not use OnyX:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11582/onyx

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Onyx doesn't do what this does. We are not needing OSX maintenance, just the ability to quickly remove all the Mac debris from a FAT 32 flashdrive. Even if OnyX did this, would be a drag to wait for it to verify the boot drive and have to enter a password just to enject a USB.

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FOUND IT!!!

Just put it up along with the version 1.6 mrdav found.
http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/findercleaner

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Good finding! And thanks for making the page.

I've also archived iClean on it's own page.

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Just FYI, in case of it's needed:

The software iClean (aka iCleaner) was the previous name of FinderCleaner & was developed by Tim Goeree. You can find this information on the title of the Readme file of FinderCleaner "(was iClean/iCleanup/iCleaner)"... Wink

Also detected, there is two other versions of FinderCleaner in the trash from the 1.6 original image. Not sure which version is one from another here (after comparisons with version 1.9)...

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That's Wild (an Easter Egg??)

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Amazing MacTouch. So who is author "Boswortels" on the FinderCleaner page? Not the author? I hadn't known iClean's author's name and only deduced it from the compound name used in his email address in the iClean docs.

I haven't looked at the FinderCleaner uploads as yet, and had not put the two together until now. Thank you for this detective work. I will check out the "trashy" items in that archive now.

[Update] My findings are that FinderCleaner 1.6 and 1.9 uploads here are the probably the same.

Both are:
"FinderCleaner (c) 2005 Tim Goeree."
Created & Modified - Thursday, 25th October 2005, 1:10AM
Readme (Important).rtf - both have matching checksums and the included changelog stops at v1.6

But "main.scpt" in the 1.9 upload has Created & Modified time stamps from yesterday, just before being uploaded and also has a 32 byte difference in file size with mismatching checksums.

The author on the FinderCleaner page should be changed to Tim Goeree.

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Ah, I have searched for this "Boswortels" on the web. As I suspected, it's some Nederlands words. So, "Bos" or "Bossen" means "Forest" & "Wortels" means "Roots". The Author, as you find, Mike, is Tim Goeree and come from Nederlands too. Apart his email, he has some web profiles from FaceBook, Tweeter & LinkeDin, etc. Not difficult to ask him, if really needed... Wink