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I am wondering if it would be useful to add "platform specific" FAQ's to the "Installation & Trouble Shooting"

I am brand new to Arduino and right out of the gate I encountered a problem that in the end, turned out to be a software version/hardware computability issue.

One of the things that tripped me up was trying to locate my "Arduino15" folder. Given how automated the installation process is on a MAC (my platform), no amount of searching was turning up that folder. It took me hours and hours of searching to discover that current MAC OS hides the Library folders and even makes them non-searchable - to protect you from yourself.  :smiley-confuse:
While a lot of folks tried to help me through that, none of them were MAC users so they didn't know this. Frankly, I don't think I have had to interface with any of my Library folders in the last decade so I didn't realize this.

All of this being said - On a MAC, to find your Arduino15 Library you do the following
hit Command+Shift+G from the Mac desktop (or Finder > Go > Go to Folder) and type in
to temporarily access the Library directory in the Finder.
When you are done, close this window and it will no longer be visible.
This took a big investment of my time to sort through and I'd love to have it posted in an FAQ here somewhere for future MAC users.

Software - Arduino 1.8.5 on a Mac 10.7.5
Hardware - Arduino Uno (ATMEGA328P processor)


Windows has that annoying behavior by default also, though the folder is in a different location. I'm not sure if folders are hidden for Linux users.


Jan 02, 2018, 10:39 pm Last Edit: Jan 02, 2018, 10:42 pm by Delta_G
I'm not sure if folders are hidden for Linux users.
They are but they're a lot easier to find.  Just hit Control-H in your home directory and it's right there.  And they're searchable as well so
Code: [Select]
find . -type d -name .arduino15
will spot it for you. 

Code: [Select]
ls -al
finds it and shows
Code: [Select]
drwxrwxr-x  4 david david    4096 Dec 16 18:18 .arduino15

so it doesn't look like there are any permissions issues and you should be able to do what you want with it. 

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