Rescuing a Macports file from Time Machine

Chris Jones jonesc at
Thu Feb 23 14:42:20 UTC 2017

On 23/02/17 14:38, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> Let's say that I accidentally lost a critical Macports file (don't ask).
> How would I recover it with Time Machine?  It seems that my only options
> are to recover an arbitrary file within my home directory, or to restore
> the entire Mac, thereby making the whole Time Machine concept about as
> useful as an ashtray on a motorbike...

Not so.

By default (i.e. unless you explicitly blacklisted a location) TM backs 
up the entire system. So first, check in your TM preferences to make 
sure you have not done this.

If not, then go to in terminal


assuming that is your macports prefix.

Run 'open .' which will start finder in that area, and then activate TM.


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