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Resolved How do I get time machine to show my user library?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by cms2, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. cms2, Aug 13, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2012

    macrumors 6502


    Guys, you've never let me down before, and this is a big one. I recently purchased a new MBP to replace my five year old machine. Once I had everything I wanted (I thought) transferred off my old MBP, I reformatted the HD and did a clean install of Mountain Lion (I will be giving the old machine to my administrative assistant for use in the office). So far, so good.

    But then I realized that all of my emails are not saved on the net, but downloaded to various local folders (or they were) on my old MBP. I've recovered the occasional lost message before using Time Machine. But now of course, I'm having to browse TM from the new computer. I just need to be able to show my ~/library folder so that I can find the messages saved in the Mail.app. (Or if there's a better way, please let me know).

    I found the Terminal command to show the library on the HDD, but it of course had no effect on the Time Machine disk. I don't know enough about Terminal to figure out the path I need to make it show the Library Folder.

    If anyone has any insight, you'll be saving my butt; I'm an attorney, and some of these emails are rather important. :eek:
  2. macrumors G5


  3. macrumors 6502


    I figured it out (by searching the web for a more indirect route): defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    killall Finder

    Now to see if I can figure out where in all this mess the mail files I need are.

    The files are *in* the computer?? :D
  4. macrumors G5


    I thought of that one...Glad you found it..TM wasn't really designed that way but it can be done!:)
  5. fisherking, Aug 13, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2012

    macrumors 68030


    i had a similar challenge, want access to the user library on my backup drive (am NOT using TM tho).

    i ran "invisibility toggler" (there are several apps that do this); ran it, saw all hidden files; clicked on the user library on my backup drive, made an alias...which i keep on the topmost level of that drive.

    ran invisibility toggler again to hide invisible files...and now have an alias to my (backed-up) user lib, for anytime i need access...
  6. 50548, Aug 13, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2012


    Did you try pressing option when selecting the folder under TM's "finder"?

    p.s.: Nevermind, the above doesn't work.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    I don't think you'd want that. There are files and folders that you will never need to see or deal with.

    What you really want is do this:

    chflags nohidden ~/Library/

  8. macrumors 6502


    Thanks, all! I found the mailboxes, and pulled them out. The messages are a little jumbled together, but I'll eventually get them organized. :)
  9. macrumors newbie

    Thanks for posting this fisherking. This worked perfectly for me, and allowed me to transfer a bunch of essential things to my new hard drive from TM.

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