Users > Library folder

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kirky29, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Hey there,

    Where has the Library folder gone? It's normally there.. Where's my users application support now stored?

    Attached both the Leopard folder & Lion.

    Attached Files:

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
  4. macrumors newbie


    Feb 9, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    This may sound like a noobish question, but is there any way to "unhide" it? I was able to do it by creating a symlink folder to it, but would rather just have the folder be unhidden. Mostly so I can track documents in the Application Support folder (chat logs for Adium, etc).
  5. macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2011

    Open Terminal found in the utilities folder and type:

    chflags nohidden /users/**username**/library
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    You're a dev and asking a question like that?
  7. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2008
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    or just go to the "go to folder" and type in ~/Library
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2010
    North Adams, MA
    I think a lot of people just purchased a Mac Dev license so they could get the dev preview of lion
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    Why would they hide the Library folder? That's used so much.
  10. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    This. I'm tempted to do it myself, even though I'm not a dev (just a somewhat advanced user, unix sysadmin, etc.).

    If I do end up buying it, I'm definitely going to try to provide good bug reports to Apple, so at least my dealing with beta software becomes worth it. I'm just not sure I want to trade the current ROCK SOLID stability of 10.6 to play with new toys just yet.

    And I mean rock solid. Neither my 2006 Mac Pro or 2010 Macbook Pro have crashed with 10.6 even once. Amazing operating system, this is.
  11. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Because the home folder is a place that normal users go to a lot. The Library folder had system files in it, so it just didn't look right.
  12. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Do it then :) The more bug reports Apple gets, the better it'll be when it's released :)
  13. macrumors member


    Oct 25, 2010
    User Library Folder

    Forgive me if someone already said this, but I will say what I discovered. The Library folder is still in the Home directory (~) but it is hidden. So, without any 3rd party programs, I would just cd into it via Terminal, open it up in the Finder, and create an Alias.
  14. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    If you don't want to make it visible you can still hold the Option key in the "Go" menu and Library will show up under Home.
  16. macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    it doesnt have system files, thats what the system library is for which should be hidden instead! it houses the files and settings used by apps and the system for that user and the main library for all users.

    its really kind of a back-end kind of folder and Apple probably thought it would make things simpler and less complicated that if by default a user didnt see it. i will be unhiding it, i use it a lot to configure and tidy my account.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Exactly. The people who need access to it will know how to access it. For the rest it's out of sight, out of mind.
  18. Tim3308, Mar 8, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011

    macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2004
    I store my user made photoshop brushes, etc. in the user library...

    Background : I played w/ Lion (on another partition, but it also used my snow leopard user folder) to see if it would some system color issues I am having a certain app. I am not running Lion now, but I just discovered my user/library is now hidden due to Lion (as I realized it does this, digging around w/ google).

    this terminal command(yes, I inserted my user name in): chflags nohidden /users/username/library - It did not work

    I tried go to folder in the finder, no luck. I entered time machine for a backup (its there) but it wants to replace it(btw the dialogue comes up has the new Lion options though I am running snow leopard). I don't want to do that. I just want the current library folder visible!

    Thank you for you help...

    Ironically I got help from Apple's forum (of course didn't take long w/ the "Lion" word and the warning that your user library - you know - where all your prefs, and where I put photoshop stuff- would go "poof" visibly w/ Lion.)... and the thread was removed. Command line in terminal was something like: chflags nohidden ~/Library then I (on my own move) entered "killall Finder" ( I saw in other threads). And eureka, there was my library, visually.

    I get Apple's thinking here w/ Lion, but in practical terms -- it goes too far, hiding library in the user folder! How is one supposed to trash prefs for an app in Lion, as an example? Has this been moved to another folder besides user/library?
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    So this topic has shifted slightly....

    I did the same thing, and have successfully retrieved my Library folder, but iPhoto and Aperture still do not function.

    Anyone know how to fix that?
  20. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2004
    Spence, I don't have Aperture, and I was careful not to launch iPhoto or Mail while in Lion(while sharing the same user folder). I will not be "playing" w/ it again! So my iphoto was okay.

    You have a backup of your iPhoto "package"?

    I must admit, I'm a little turned off by the "dumbing down of an OS", as some critics are calling Lion. I mean CS5 practically lays out the welcome wagon to store your own brushes in the brushes folder located in the user/library... and Apple's Lion, just makes that go invisible to feign like it's a stinkin' iPhone or iPad? -- what am I missing?
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    I do have a backup, yes, but there is a catch to it: I (stupidly) let Lion wipe out my Time Machine backup and replace it with a new one.

    So, when restoring from my Time Machine backup leaves these things a wreck.

    But, here is the silver lining: My new MacBook Pro arrives on Thursday, so I'll just use Target Disk mode to get the things I want from the iMac.

    It doesn't really bother me that I have to do it this way, only because I was not going to migrate my entire system this time around. I have been migrating since Mac OS X 10.0. It is time for a fresh start.

    I don't understand why some of these things have been hidden, though. Maybe it is just an early build thing, but I have my doubts.

    But I also have my doubts in people's ability to use a computer, and I do understand the logic behind when the decision was made to hide iPhoto and Aperture libraries, because people messed them up right and left.

    I see the flip side, too. It's a world class OS, and it should be fully open to tear apart if you so chose.

    Ahhh, the dichotomy....
  22. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2004
    Looks like Apple's Lion hiding the user library is going over like a fart in church w/ apps that rightly store things there and want the user to access...

    from Chris Cox at Adobe:

    "We're voicing our objections, but you need to let Apple know that their decisions are causing real world customer problems."

    Let apple know this is bad and short sighted move/restriction.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2009
    By far the easiest solution to this "problem". Stop playing around in the terminal kids.
  24. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2004
    Still klunky "fix" at best. Adobe, Corel, etc. must be thrilled w/ apple handcuffing users like this, just thrilled. Just show the damn folder, period.

    Terminal set this right, btw. Thanks, dad.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2008
    Go to the top menu bar in Finder and click GO, after that hold ALT and you'll see Library folder appear, click on it and Library will SHOW UP.

    Hope this helps! :)

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