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Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:10 PM   #1
s97fever
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How to look at files in Terminal?

I was told to delete /usr/local folder in order to fix a messed up install.

But I'm not sure how to view the files first because I don't see a way to view such in Finder.

If this can only be done via Terminal then what commands can I use to view the folders and files under another folder?

Thank you in advance for any help!
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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I was told to delete /usr/local folder in order to fix a messed up install.

But I'm not sure how to view the files first because I don't see a way to view such in Finder.
In Finder select Go > Go to folder and type in: /usr or whatever path you want.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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I was told to delete /usr/local folder in order to fix a messed up install.
This seems rather drastic. What were you installing?

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If this can only be done via Terminal then what commands can I use to view the folders and files under another folder?

Thank you in advance for any help!
You can list the folders and files inside a folder (ie, a directory) using the ls (lowercase LS) command. For example, to see what's in /usr/local, enter

Code:
ls /usr/local/
in Terminal. I get

Code:
bin     etc     lib     man     share   texlive
The first five directories are standard.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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Explaining why the delete

I had a fail install on Homebrew and was trying to fix it.

The first response was to delete that folder which obviously would not attempt to do at here:
https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/issues/14319

The guy had recommended the following a little more below and it had worked for me:
/usr/bin/curl -skSfL https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/tarball/master | /usr/bin/tar xz -m --strip 1'

But until your posts above I wasn't sure where the /usr folder resided.
Even just using ls alone as a command it doesn't appear until you first do cd /.../....

That's crazy!
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