9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2011 7:57 AM by al1776
B. Bruce Brinson Level 1 Level 1

Greetings,

 

Curious if anyone had info on why ~/Library is now a hidden folder under Lion?  Makes it hard to check for things like application support, preferences, etc.  I know how to find the folder (and it's contents), but wondered if someone knows how to make the folder permanently unhidden?

 

Thanks,

Bruce


Mac Pro Quad-Core, Mac OS X (10.7), MacBook Pro 13"
Solved by Barney-15E on Aug 9, 2011 6:05 AM Solved

chflags nohidden ~/Library

  • Nikolai Yde Level 3 Level 3

    I downloaded a small app called DesktopUtility, that will do the job. It is hidden because some tech iliterates have accidentally deleted some folders and import files, without knowing. It is simply because most people never even used that folder, and it could be fatal if it was deleted.

     

    Cheers

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    chflags nohidden ~/Library

  • kisuke3 Level 3 Level 3

    1) to prevent users inadvertently deleting files inside ~/Library

    - there are a number of users who has deleted files inside(not knowingly those are important)to save up space

     

    2) there are a various of ways

    a) follow what barnyey said. its thru terminal

    b) or the easy way. Go to the folder first by pressing option and clicking Go in finder

    once inside, switch to column view. Drag the ~/Library in the sidebar "favorites"

  • paulsalter Level 2 Level 2

    I find it sad that things have to be done to protect the dumb from doing things

     

    Why cant peole learn how to do/use things anymore

     

    Many things I would like to do in life, but dont expect them be be done for me because I am to lazy to learn

  • coocooforcocoapuffs Level 3 Level 3

    1) to prevent users inadvertently deleting files inside ~/Library

    - there are a number of users who has deleted files inside(not knowingly those are important)to save up space

    While many people are saying this, is there proof of that reason? Not that it really matters but I wonder if it's just a bug. If not, why just that Library, as there is another. And what about System? Seems whacky.

  • kisuke3 Level 3 Level 3

    1. )Changes are based on feedback and feedback can be received through many channels. This includes

     

    apple.com/feedback

    applecare Technical Support

    Genius

    Service providers

     

    etc

     

    While there maybe "more" reason why it was removed. This is by far the most tangible reason.

     

    2) because you cannot delete the system folder and files in it. This is the difference between the /Library and ~/Library. Anything inside ~/Library CAN be modified

     

    3) look at the built in apps. Try deleting them as you noticed yo can't. Which goes back to what I said above, This is to prevent users accidentally moving files to trash

  • al1776 Level 1 Level 1

    How come my ~/user/Library file was NOT hidden after the upgrade to Lion?

     

    Any ideas?

     

    Very curious.

  • jerseygoil Level 1 Level 1

    below is a link where it is all explained very easily to recapture your library and put it in the side bar of the finder or elsewhere

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ig_NDuOxY&feature=player_embedded

  • al1776 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the post about the video, but while everyone has a hidden Library folder... mine never was hidden. I wonder if maybe I have a corrupted install of Lion?

     

    How do you re-install? Re-run the installer which I saved to DVD?