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OSX 10.6.2 - man page for dot_clean (osx section 1)

DOT_CLEAN(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual			     DOT_CLEAN(1)

NAME
     dot_clean -- Merge ._* files with corresponding native files.

SYNOPSIS
     dot_clean [-fmnsv] [--keep=[mostrecent|dotbar|native]] [dir ...]

DESCRIPTION
     For each dir, dot_clean recursively merges all ._* files with their corresponding native
     files according to the rules specified with the given arguments.  By default, if there is an
     attribute on the native file that is also present in the ._ file, the most recent attribute
     will be used.

     If no operands are given, a usage message is output.  If more than one directory is given,
     directories are merged in the order in which they are specified.

OPTIONS
     -f      Flat merge.  Do not recursively merge all directories in the given dir.  This is off
	     by default.

     -h      Help. Prints verbose usage message.

     -m      Always delete dot underbar files.

     -n      Delete dot underbar file if there is no matching native file.

     -s      Follow symbolic links.  This will follow symbolic dot underbar files when they are
	     found.

     -v      Print verbose output.

     --keep=mostrecent
	     The default option.  If an attribute is associated with a data fork, use that.  Oth-
	     erwise, use information stored in the AppleDouble file.  Note that the native fork's
	     data is preferred even if the data in the AppleDouble file is newer.

     --keep=dotbar
	     Always use information stored in the AppleDouble file, replacing any extended
	     attributes associated with the native file.

     --keep=native
	     Always use the information associated with the data fork, ignoring any AppleDouble
	     files.

EXAMPLES
     The following is how to do an dot_clean merge on the mounted volume test, always using the
     dot underbar information.

	   dot_clean --keep=dotbar /Volumes/test

DIAGNOSTICS
     The dot_clean utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

BUGS
     None known.

BSD					  Sept 27, 2012 				      BSD


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