Recently I upgraded from Mojave to Catalina 10.15.7. When going to "/Applications" in the Finder GUI, I see Preview.app. But if I cd /Applications in the terminal and do ls -lah, I don't see "Preview.app" listed in the directory contents.

What happened?

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    I wonder if these are relevant apple.stackexchange.com/a/372960/5472 and apple.stackexchange.com/a/372961/5472
    – bmike
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 2:02
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    The title says ~/Applications and the body says /Applications. Which is it?
    – benwiggy
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 9:10
  • Thank you, it's /Applications as in "cd /Applications" from a terminal prompt. I copy/pasted from somewhere else and missed that.
    – Nona
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 14:12
  • In Catalina and beyond, almost none of the apps that come with macOS are actually going to be in /Applications/ but they will appear to be in there, mostly because that's where people expect to find them. Safari is an exception because Safari can get updated separately than the entire OS.
    – TJ Luoma
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 21:18


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