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Randy's avatar

Can you help me get my terminal back?

Asked by Randy (11204points) May 29th, 2009

AAAHHHH! I deleted the whole utilities folder in my applications which included my terminal. I know, I know, go ahead and take your shots. I feel like an idiot, but lesson learned. Anyways, how can I get the utilities folder back, along with my terminal and all the other applications in it? I’m using 10.5.7 if that makes a difference. ANY help you can give me will be so greatly appreciated.

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mirza's avatar

Uhhm, do you still have the Leopard disks that came with your mac? You could always repair leopard and still keep all your files and user settings using the Archive and Install Feature. basically it simply re-builds all the core leopard files but you still get to keep all your old settings and files. You can read more about it here. The reaon I’d recommend this is because other then terminal, you still have a bunch of crucial apps on the utilities folder and it’s nice to have them

Also I dont know if this work, but like you could try having someone send you there and see if that works. I dont think it would but its worth a try.

FYI, in the future you should consider using AppZapper

mirza's avatar

wow i’m even impressed i typed that without typos and I’m not even sober.

Randy's avatar

I do still have the Leopard disk so I’ll give the Archive and Install a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

DarkScribe's avatar

Have you emptied the trash yet? I assume not as deleting any part of the basic OS requires some effort. It is protected – they are locked files and have to be manually unlocked. If not, just drag it back out.

Randy's avatar

Haha, yeah it’s deleted. I wish I hadn’t have emptied it yet. I had to put in my password and everything. I’ll be the first one to admit that it was just a flat out dumb move. I did it about a week and a half ago and I just now realized it.

switchhitter's avatar

If as you say it’s “terminal”,then it’s terminal.

jrpowell's avatar

Here is my Terminal app. Also from 10.5.7

If that works I can upload the rest. It is 162Megs so it might take a while.

Edit :: I have stripped out the PowerPC code from my apps. But if you are on a Intel Mac it should work.

DarkScribe's avatar

If you have access to another system, start one in terminal mode/target disk mode and drag the files across.

Ivan's avatar

Yeah, it’s easy. Just go into a terminal and type…. oh wait.

DarkScribe's avatar

If you don’t have another system, take your system to the nearest Apple store and ask the staff. They should sort it out in a few minutes – most of them are very obliging.

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