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How do you access the user library on a time machine backup

I need to access my library folder in a time machine backup that is from a different mac.

How can I do this?

The real problem is that I backed up with time machine, reinstalled the OS and when I tried to put everything back I ran into problems. I tried using migration assistant, and it transferred everything but my user (which is basically just applications). I was able to right click on the time machine icon and browse what is in the backup file - thus manually restoring all of my data, however, without having access to the library folder there are many things I am unable to copy over.

marked as duplicate by Kyle Cronin Feb 3 '12 at 15:11

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The Library folder is probably just hidden by Finder. You can show hidden files by running this in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true && osascript -e 'quit app "Finder"'

Changing true to false reverts the setting.

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