Knowledgebase: Mac Self-Help
How to prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections
Posted by Bill Brishna, Last modified by Bill Brishna on 25 October 2013 11:40 AM

To configure a Mac OS X user account so that .DS_Store files are not created when interacting with a remote file server using the Finder, follow the steps below:

Note: This will affect the user's interactions with SMB/CIFS, AFP, NFS, and WebDAV servers.

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Execute this command:
    defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
  3. Either restart the computer or log out and back in to the user account.
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