Invisible Applications Folder inside App

mjsull51

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I noticed this after the 10.5.3 upgrade. Inside the applications folder there is an invisible file (no icon) labeled Applications Folder. Get Info reveals it to be a unix executable file. I'm a newbie, and not sure what it means. Thanks ahead of time for any help.

I have an iMac, 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
 

MisterMe

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This is completely normal. MacOS X applications are actually special directory (folder) structures called bundles. The actual executable is a UNIX executable file inside the application bundle.
 

mjsull51

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My brother has an identical system, but has no such visible icon-less unix executable file in his applications folder. Weird.
 

MisterMe

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My brother has an identical system, but has no such visible icon-less unix executable file in his applications folder. ...
Yes, it does. Otherwise, your brother's applications would not run. Control-click (Right-click) on any application:
  • Scroll down to Show Package Contents.
  • Open Contents.
  • Open MacOS. The Unix-executable is the executable code for the app.
 
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