killall Finder

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

  1. msw123307 macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2007
    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..


    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder


    defaults write 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 what I think I did was..

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder

    closed terminal

    opened terminal..

    killall Finder
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    killall Finder just kills all current running processes called Finder. It has no permanent effect.

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