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Nov 30, 2012 9:06 PM


I'm more familiar with older Mac os versions, i.e. Snow Leopard on down, which brings me to my question.


I am planning on doing work on several Macs next weekend that are all running 10.7.  To be safe I am planning on initially creating a disk image of the user folder from each computer, which will allow me to restore all or selected components thereof from a read only container placed onto an external Mac formatted hard drive.


The concern I have about that is I believe that the Library folder has an invisible bit set on it, or some other type of os feature that renders the Library folder invisible to a human.  I am aware of the option key method of revealing the folder while in the Finder, however I am not certain of what to expect after it's contained within a .dmg, or even drag copied to another volume for that matter .


I am comfortable with the command line and know my way around Macs well enough to digest some mildly heavy weight solutions, if indeed this is even going to be an issue.  I just want to make sure I can access the Library folder and it's contents from an external drive once I am in the hot seat.


Any suggestions and a bit of education will be welcome and much appreciated.


Thank you all very kindly,



  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,375 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to Tim Semic)

    Open the folder above it, choose Go to Folder from the Finder's Go menu, and provide Library as the path.



  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,375 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 9:26 PM (in response to Tim Semic)

    It can be either; starting the path with something other than a / or ~ tells the Finder to use the location of the frontmost window as the start of the path. / represents the top level of the computer's filesystem, while ~ points to the home folder.



  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 9:34 PM (in response to Tim Semic)

    Tim --


    Did you notice how many helpfull points Niel has been awarded by posters of questions here?

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 8:30 AM (in response to Tim Semic)

    Wonderful post, Tim!

    How fortunate we all are to have you among us!



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