Is that even right, or should it be OS X.6.5, since the X is obviously the roman numeral for 10, and saying OS X 10 is redundant?
Anywho, I am not a fan of Finder. In fact, it’s been one of the biggest thorns in my side since my “switch” to Mac over a year ago. It is sooo weak compared to Windows Explorer. It ties my hands more than Vista did, and doesn’t even give me jump-through-the-hoop solutions to untie them. But I use it because I have to. So imagine my surprise the other day when some things I’d downloaded weren’t showing up in their download folder. I checked the download history, and it all looked good. I went back to my Finder window that had the folder open in it, and the files just weren’t there. I opened a Terminal and did an ls, and there were the files! Why weren’t they showing up in Finder? So I navigated to a different directory then back again and lo and behold they magically appeared.
I’ve only been using a Mac for a little over a year, but I’ve never had this issue before, and the lack of requirement to hit F5 to refresh a folder’s contents is really the only thing Finder had on Explorer. Now, since Apple is too smart for its users and doesn’t give them a button to refresh a folder, the only way is to navigate out and back again.
So, it seems this issue (anecdotally at least) is somehow related to 10.6.5. I say this because a) I put off upgrading to 10.6.5 for a long time and only did so recently (and never had any problems prior to upgrading), and b) All of the internet-related complaints about this seem to have begun after 10.6.5 was released. However I can’t find any official bug report about it.
So in the spirit of band-aid solutions, check out Refresh Finder. I guess there’s been a reason for this in the past as well, but this is definitely the first time in over a year I’ve encountered a need.
Update: So, the answer to the original question is No. My buddy emailed me and suggested a few things (one of which was rebooting) and that seemed to do the trick. I forget about rebooting sometimes. I thought that was only required to fix problems on a Windows box. Guess I was wrong.