Finder not working in Leopard - move one file in Unix?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pusman83, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. pusman83 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2005
    I've looked at the discussion, which doesn't seem to fix my problem with Finder after installing on a RevB iMac G5.

    I'll try to delete a .plist file (which seemed to cause trouble when I looked at the log for Archive and Install - which I tried after I had the problem with an Upgrade install).

    I've managed to backup everything I need (from my main account) on an external HD (thanks to Path Finder).

    The only thing I have left to back up is one file in another user account. I know the path and the file name, but I can't switch users on my computer (and don't seem to be able to force the login screen at startup). Is there a way (maybe in Terminal?) to grab this file with my admin accound and transfer it to my external HD?
  2. Chillijam macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2007
    UK, but maybe not for much longer
    *Not at my Mac, so working from memory here...*

    how about

    sudo cp /full/path/to/ /path/to/backup/location/
    It should ask for the admin password, and then complete the copy.
  3. pusman83 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 9, 2005
    I always get a wee bit confused with the path:

    Let's say it's in Documents of a User called Bob and needs to go to a HD called Gerry.
  4. admiraldennis macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2002
    Boston, MA
    sudo cp /Users/Bob/Documents/file /Volumes/Gerry/
  5. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Funny, I installed Leopard on my iBook G4 last night and ran into this problem.

    I didn't run into the problem, though until after I installed iLife '08 and then did the software update.

    Still not working after going through the Apple posts.

    For me, it seems to get lost at the part where VirusBarrier and MS Messenger loads.

    I will try tonight to hook it up to my old reliable 12" iBook G3 as a target drive and delete those two programs to see if the Finder comes up...

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