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Fix (Error code -36) on OS X with dot_clean

The error stems from the way OS X stores files.  If you have ever seen Apple files on a PC, you may have seen files beginning with a “._” dot-underscore.  While this problem was seen on Snow Leopard, I recently saw this issue after trying to use Migration Assistant to transfer a user multiple times.  The dot_clean  command seemed to solve the issue per the article linked to above.  The command was new to me, but it basically “…recursively merges all ._* files with their corresponding native files…”

The command is recursive, so you just need to run the command with the path to a directory as an argument:

dot_clean /Volumes/Folder/That/Wont/Copy


2 replies on “Fix (Error code -36) on OS X with dot_clean”

Would this fix an ERROR 36 when copying home DVDs on the Desktop (El Capitan) to (anywhere) the Downloads folder?

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