Recover from Temp?

Tereza Snyder tereza at
Sun Feb 1 18:42:38 EST 2009

On Feb 1, 2009, at 3:52 PM, Scott Rossi wrote:

> Thanks Jacque.  Once again, there are NO files visible in the  
> Finder.  The
> way I can find the temp files is by using the Finder's search  
> facility.  In
> the results of the Search window, the file names are shown, along  
> with the
> dotted-line icons, and NO file path at the bottom of the Window.  It  
> may not
> have come across in my posts, but I am quite familiar searching for  
> files on
> a system.  :-)

I tried searching for .rev~ files on my system and found none, so I'm  
not able to pilot my suggestion below, but if I saw what you describe,  
I'd ask myself why the system wasn't showing me everything I wanted to  
know? and I'd be reminded that it's a Unix system under the covers and  
the root of all evil in Unix (IMO) is permissions.

So the first thing I'd do is enable the root user ( 
) and log in as root, do the same file search and see if the Finder is  
more forthcoming (be sure to disable the root user when you're done).  
I'd search for articles in MacFixit and similar places for ways to  
show invisible files. If you have BBedit or TextWrangler, use its  
"edit invisible files" capability to explore the directories where you  
think the files might be hiding (including the trash).

Last time I upgraded my system, I got an extra hard drive so I could  
use TimeMachine for just these kinds of circumstances. It has saved my  
butt several times already!

good luck,


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