killall Finder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by msw123307, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. msw123307 macrumors 6502

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    Mar 25, 2007
    #1
    I was trying to use the terminal to view hidden files. I noticed one of the commands was killall Finder. I quit the terminal after entering this. I'm new to Mac and don't really know much about using terminal.

    My question is, have I dont harm to my computer, how can I reset what I've done? I tried to research what killall finder does, but couldn't figure it out. It seems harmless, because a lot of commands I'm finding use it, but since I didn't complete the command I'm not sure what I need to do.

    Also, when I did enter the killall finder command, it brought up some random folder. I tried this again by just typing in killall finder, and it again just brought up the same folder, which I found odd.

    The command was something like..

    Show:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder

    Hide:


    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder


    and I believe I stopped after the first killall finder because honestly, I didn't know what I was doing by typing that in. But I did type it in again..so what I think I did was..

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder

    closed terminal

    opened terminal..


    killall Finder
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2002
    Location:
    London
    #2
    killall Finder just kills all current running processes called Finder. It has no permanent effect.
     

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