What is the difference between ~/Library/Spotlight and /Library/Spotlight

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by okizen, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    #1
    What is the difference between ~/Library/Spotlight and /Library/Spotlight or there isn't one?
     
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    SandboxGeneral

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    The ~ is just a shortcut to replace your user profile string in the file path.
     
  3. macrumors Westmere

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    There is a /Library folder for items that relate to the entire computer.
    There is a ~/Library folder (or /Users/yourusername/Library/) for each user account on the computer, with items that relate only to that user.

    Why do you ask? Are you looking for something?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanx guys.

    I came across some instructions regarding this while trying to install Calibrated{Q}
     
  5. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    By the way, your Library folders are hidden by default in Lion. To get to your /Library or /Users/yourusername/Library (also known as the ~/Library) folders in Lion:
    • Launch Finder and click Go > Go to Folder and type: /Library or ~/Library
    • Hold the Option key while clicking the Go menu item, which reveals your ~/Library folder in the menu.
    • Make it permanently visible by entering the following command in Terminal, then press the Enter key:
      chflags nohidden ~/Library​
    • 18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion
     

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