last night i had to upload some pdf’s to a website for my wife. i was on my mac, and zipped the pdf’s an ftp’d them over to the site, dropped in a link on the webpage and called it a night. well this morning the wife gets about 50+ calls emails that the files are all messed up on the website and the zip must be corrupt. well, it was those dang dot_ files that caused a panic. most of the people her company deals with don’t have a clue about macs.
well i found this little tip on lifehacker & macworld. its a neat little terminal command that joins the dot_ files with the actual files.
Prior to 10.5, you had to manually delete them on the other system, or use Terminal trickery to remove them on the Mac prior to copying. As of 10.5, though, you can just use the dot_clean command on the directory in question. Type dot_clean /path/folder to join the dot-underscore files with their parent files. Read OS X 10.5’s manual pages (man dot_clean) for more information.
hope this helps someone out =)