'Library' Folder moved...dock/preferences reverted to original

Discussion in 'macOS' started by teenyk, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. teenyk macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2012
    I was moving some folders and files around and I accidentally moved a "library" folder onto the desktop...and I don't know where it was originally.

    Sub-folders within it include: acrobat user data, address book plug-ins, application support, application support/adobe/acrobat, assistants, audio, caches, calendars..... it goes on from there.

    All was fine until I restarted my computer and my desktop background is the original/stock background and my dock looks like it did the day I took the computer out of the box. I can only link it to the moved 'library' folder. These are the only issues I've found so far, but I'm concerned there could be more.

    Can anyone provide any info on this?

    My OSx is 10.6.8
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Sounds like you moved your user Library. That's where all your preferences are stored, and that's why everyone went back to default when it wasn't there.

    A new Library folder will have been created, but you need to put the old one back. It should be at the top level of your user account, along with Documents, Movies, Pictures, etc.
    It is hidden by default in Lion and above.

    Of course, you have a backup, so you can restore from there.
  3. teenyk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2012
    Thanks benwiggy! That's what I suspected. However, whenever I try to do so it says:

    “Library” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by Mac OS X.

    Any more insight to share? Appreciate it! Thanks!
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Copy the contents of the Desktop/Library folder into your USER/Library folder.

    You do want to restart your computer after you do this.
  5. teenyk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2012
    Thanks Bear. Unfortunately, no luck. Trying to copy over and I get the same

    "(folder name)" can not be modified or deleted because it's required by Mac OS X.

    It HAS to be possible somehow?! :)
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    That's the puzzle here. If it won't let you move it back, how did it get moved in the first place? My first thought reading your post was "That's not possible!" You're not thinking you accidentally did this just dragging and dropping, are you?
  7. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    Open Terminal and type:

    sudo -s
    rm ~/Library
    mv ~/Desktop/Library ~/

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