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macOS: Video files in Quarantine

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I am not sure when it exactly started. But some time after I upgraded to High Sierra, VLC started to display a “Verifying the file” prompt with a progress bar whenever I opened a MKV or MP4 file. It did it every time and for every file, which was very annoying — to say the least!

After some research I found that all the files had the special permission com.apple.quarantine set, which was only visible via xattr.

jf@macbook:/Volumes/Media:$ xattr /path/to/file.mkv
com.apple.quarantine
jf@macbook:/Volumes/Media:$

After removing the special quarantine attribute with, the prompt was gone and did not re-appear so far.

jf@macbook:/Volumes/Media:$ sudo xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine /path/to/file.mkv

I can only speculate that the increased security measures in High Sierra automatically flagged certain files. Why it only affected MKV and MP4 files on my system, I do not know. I think the false-positives were caused by a faulty heuristic, or something similar. But your guess is as good as mine.

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