They do because whenever you put a writable medium in them they start adding all sorts of crap to my drive:
That sucks indeed, but there are solutions available to not write these files on external drives.
Same like Thumbs.db etc on Win ;-)
I agree, even linux sucks! Whenever I create an ext3 or reiserfs partition, it creates this journal thing hundreds of megabytes in size. I mean, who told the drive to keep a dairy?
Who does that team of highly educated software engineers think they are, putting random crap on my drives?
it's not a big price for convenience it gives
Must be like all that Thumbs.db crap that Windows sticks everywhere?
Mac Users are used to many additional features their file manager provides. Features like associate a specific file (not file type) to a specific application. Or put colored labels onto specific files.
To allow these features, the file manager as to store the metadata somewhere. It could use extended attributes, but then, these won't work in FAT file systems.
Even worse: Like NTFS (and maybe ext3 - I'm not sure there), Mac filesystems traditionally provided multiple data streams per file and applications got used to depend on that feature being available and thus stored vital information in these streams.
Thankfully this went more or less away with OS X, but there are still some applications insisting on doing that.
So where to store that information on a file system that doesn't provide the features?
A hidden file would be a workable solution. And .DS_Store is hidden from most GUIs on unix and additionally is marked hidden as good as possible on each file system.
And while the Mac OS filemanager could just not provide the label-feature (though it could be confusing for a user to suddenly lose features when copying a file), storing the rest of the alternate data streams of a file is IMPERATIVE because otherwise, the file may not be readable after copying it to a different file system.
Tell me: How would you solve the problem?
Same for Linux & Windows. Its just what you have to live with when you are using a current File Manager.
I always wondered where all the .thumb files come from before I used Windows for the first time.
RE: Macs Suck
BlueHarvest can get rid of that mess if you're using a Mac at some point.
At least, it should be possible to stick all the metadata in one single file in the root folder...
Merge pull request #35 from gauravmak/patch-1
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A bit bloody late now!: Labour to set out tough new conditions for backing Brexit https://t.co/e8hn5U3Dko
Been out marching today. Lovely whether for it too! #UniteForEurope #MarchForEurope2017 #EU60 https://t.co/0Xi6D1liVr
I walked 11.9km in 1h50m45s
Updated a building
Hadn't realised this was a Lib Dem policy! Khan taking credit again huh... https://t.co/VXq2JVejE1
Looks like I'll be giving two talks at #dpc17 this year!
Help! I need reproducing this Travis failure in a (Ubuntu 12.04) VM: https://t.co/Pw1uQgsx6F I'm having no luck reproducing this myself.
I am having no luck reproducing the failures on Travis (https://t.co/Pw1uQgsx6F) for the https://t.co/xssqDkDB9s PR — any help much welcome!
Drinking an Imperial Saison by @InboundBrewCo - https://t.co/rsAWlG68tq
For people joining the taproom crawl, be in the upper lobby near the down escalator at 16:05 *sharp* (train is at 16:23) #mwphp17 #mwphptc
Paths and sidewalks from my walk
Slides for today's "Storing Non-Scalar Data" talk (with reading list) are up through joind.in: https://t.co/sHImdY9HKx #mwphp17
Slides for yesterday's "MongoDB Schema Design" talk are up through joind.in: https://t.co/YHB2ucQs1k #mwphp17
I have a reading list to go with the talk that I gave: https://t.co/v7aoLuLJSS Slides will be up soon #mwphp17
I walked 14.0km in 2h18m48s
On the way to Minneapolis for @midwestphp See y'all in 9 hours. #mwphp17
One for you @ramsey https://t.co/TgdHwZb5MF