What did I just delete?

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I was re­cently ex­per­i­ment­ing with the Ter­mi­nal com­mand that al­lows hid­den files and fold­ers to ap­pear in Finder, but I fear that cu­rios­ity may have killed the cat. I think I deleted some files that I wasn’t sup­posed to, and I’m not sure how im­por­tant they were. I’m cur­rently run­ning Yosemite and it all seems to be work­ing as far as I can tell, but I’m wor­ried that th­ese miss­ing files are go­ing to come back to haunt me later. How can I find out which ones are miss­ing and, more im­por­tantly, how do I get them back? Asha Man­tel The eas­i­est way, of course, is to look in the Trash folder – that’s what it is for, af­ter all. If you click the Trash icon on the Dock, choose View > Show View Op­tions from the menu and then set the Trash to ar­range its con­tents by date added, the files in the Trash will be sorted ac­cord­ing to the date they were deleted. This should let you scroll back to the date of your un­for­tu­nate ex­per­i­ment.

Right-click any file in the Trash and then choose Put Back to re­store it. If you have al­ready emp­tied the Trash since then, but you know which folder the deleted files came from, you could use Time Ma­chine to re­store that whole folder. But if you don’t even know that, you’ll have to restart your Mac and hold ç+R at the startup chime to launch the Re­cov­ery Sys­tem, and choose ‘Re­in­stall OS X’. This won’t erase your data or apps, it just re­places the sys­tem files.

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