Restore browser cache using Time Machine?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by reubs, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. reubs macrumors 68000

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    #1
    I've found myself in a position where I need to restore my browser history and cache. I've got time machine backups that I can use, but I can't figure out how to do it.

    For Firefox, I thought it would just has easy as restoring the folder found in ~/Home/Library/Application Support/Firefox from TM, but that doesn't seem to do the trick. I need to be able to get to the cache and not just the history to get some files that I hope got stored locally.

    Also, I'm wondering if I can do this same thing for Safari. There are some files that I hope got stored locally that aren't available anymore.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502

    MacForScience

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    USA
    #2
    So why can't you just find the information again?

    Restore:
    User Library Folder Safari folder has history inside and local data

    Cheers
     
  3. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    Feb 20, 2010
    #3
    If you look at the output of this command...

    defaults read /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/StdExclusions

    ...you'll see that the entire /User/*anyone*/Library/Caches folder is excluded. Most browsers put their cache files there, and Time Machine does not backup that folder.


    Edit: FWIW, "/private/var/folders", "/private/var/tmp" and "/private/tmp" are also on that exclusions list.
     

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