Messed up my macbook using Terminal

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  1. iFanaddic macrumors 6502a

    iFanaddic

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    I don't know what I did but I tried doing this simple hack, and I screwed up my password, when I tried doing it again and it said something something not found, but I still went on a entered the 2 other commands. when I clicked enter my dock disapearred and I was expecting it to pop back up but it never did. So I restarted my computer, and my wallpaper on my Log in page was gone, was I logged in I noticed my desktop's wallpaper was gone as well (replaced my a blue wallpaper) and my dock still isn't back!!

    Now I have to do everything using spotlight and finder as I have no dock!

    I tried launching terminal and typing in the killall dock command but the answer I got from terminal was "No matching processes belonging to you were found"

    Am also noticing that expose, spaces, four finger swipes up or sideways arent working. BUT 2 finger scrolls, and 3 fingers to go to the previous page in safari still work. Can anyone please help me please? this is way beyond me...
     
  2. tpg macrumors regular

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    OK, I've read the instructions you followed. I count 5 commands in total. At what point did you enter the password incorrectly?

    Also, please post the output in the terminal when you run:

    ls -al /System/Library/CoreServices/ | grep Dock

    (This searches for the dock application in the system folder, and prints out some important information about it)
     
  3. iFanaddic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iFanaddic

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    I messed up my password after the first step.

    I tried "ls -al /System/Library/CoreServices/ | grep Dock" in terminal and it didnt work, it gave me another line to write something else.

    thanks
     
  4. tpg macrumors regular

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    No - it did work! It just means you don't have a Dock.app where you need one, which explains your problems.

    Next, please post output (or lack of) from:

    ls -al ~/Desktop/OldDock/

    (assuming you followed the instructions exactly).
     
  5. iFanaddic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh really!?

    Well I tried this new command and got nothing..still good?
     
  6. tpg macrumors regular

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    No... bad. Are you sure you followed the instructions exactly as written? Or perhaps you forgot to change your username...?

    Try running (exactly as written)

    ls -al /Users/USER/Desktop/OldDock/
     
  7. iFanaddic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I redid it and got "no such file or directory"
     
  8. iFanaddic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    When you did this:
    "ls -al /Users/USER/Desktop/OldDock/"

    did you remember to change "USER" with your username? (I know this is a silly question, but before panicking check the obvious)
     

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