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Time Machine:  How to recover "hidden" items?

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Oct 10, 2012 4:00 PM

I accidentally deleted my Safari browser history and I need a few URLs that I was checking late last night.  The history is contained in ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari/History.  However, when I enter TM I cannot navigate to that folder in a previous session.  It will show up under the most current but if I select a backup from last night, the window changes from Safari to Library, and the Caches folder isn't displayed in the list.

 

The folder isn't strictly hidden in the sense that it doesn't have a dot prefixing the name but it nevertheless disappears as if it weren't there.  Is it possible that it truly isn't there?

 

Thanks!

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 23" Cinema 8GB 120 GB SSD 2009 mini
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 4:07 PM (in response to Tod Wicks)

    See The Hidden ~/Library Folder

    http://pondini.org/TM/15A.html

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 5:11 PM (in response to Tod Wicks)

    Hmm... just tested that and I can access the ~/Library/Cache/MetaData folder in TM and choose an item in it. But the "Restore" button is not active. Note that I have show all files chosen via CLI "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles True; killall Finder". And I still cannot do it!

     

    Another bad choice on Apple's part with making Library invisible.

    File feedback here.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 7:36 PM (in response to Tod Wicks)

    No, I'm having the same issue you are, which is why I suggested filing feedback.

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