Trying to understand OSX and the UNIX filesystem?????

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by britishnemesis, May 19, 2004.

  1. britishnemesis macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2004
    So here's my question... how on earth can I find or navigate the Unix filesystem in OSX without going into the terminal. I have just installed mysql and have really messed things up so I wanted to remove it through the finder by deleting it.... little did i know that the finder cannot find the directory it is located in (/usr/local/mysql)

    Thanks for any help you guys can give!
  2. powerbookje macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2003
    command+shift+g and paste the path.
    you can also search for invisible files using command+f
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    ...or, using the terminal for one small command, you can type:

    open /usr/local

    and finder will open a window on that location...

    But I can't se why

    rm -r /usr/local/mysql

    is so much harder, some simple *nix commands can come in very handy some times...
  4. sonofslim macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2003
    go here: and get the remove-old-mysql script. it'll hunt down and delete all the MySQL files so that you can perform a clean install.

    i've used it and it's really the only way to go. you will never, ever find all of the files created by your previous MySQL install on your own. a quote from the page linked above: "A MySQL installation consists of nearly 900 files in various locations." trying to reinstall MySQL on top of an incomplete uninstall will only result in a broken DB server and, possibly, a broken heart.
  5. bhertz macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    Tinker tool is a system preference pane that can be added that will let you toggle invisible system files visibility. It also has a bunch of other gui tools.

    I have used this in the past when working with unix tools in the mac gui.

Share This Page