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I am using OSX Lion and every time I tried to cd to my Desktop folder using "cd ~" and cd "Desktop" it stays in my home directory instead of going to Desktop. I've tried to perform the commands using sudo but it makes no difference.


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If you type pwd and press Enter, what is the output? (Star out username if you want) – Canadian Luke Feb 11 '12 at 17:44
What's the output of ls? – Daniel Beck Feb 11 '12 at 17:44
Does cd ~/Documents work ? – Karolos Feb 11 '12 at 17:51
After doing pwd I realized I was in another user's home folder. That's why I couldn't access the home folder. But I am the administrator, why can't I access the other standard user's folder, even with sudo? It looks like their Public folder is the only one I could access. – superuser Feb 11 '12 at 17:52
@David: Using sudo doesn't mean you own the files from other users. Permissions still apply. – Karolos Feb 11 '12 at 17:53
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Using the sudo command will grant access to any folder or file on the Mac.

The commands sudo cd ~ return and sudo cd Desktop return only appeared to fail. In fact, both commands succeeded but exited without any output.

To demonstrate this try the command sudo -i "cd ~;pwd"return which should print /var/root in the terminal window.

In order to use the same commands interactively, do following:

  1. sudo -i return
  2. cd ~ return
  3. pwd return



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