I was using the command line to quickly build out a file hierarchy. I wrote something that looked basically like: mkdir -p "~/dir/a b/c d" I meant for dir to be in my home directory. I should have put the ~/ outside the doublequotes. Hence, it actually ended up creating a directory called ~ . I thought, "Well that was dumb. Let me delete that and start over..." So I wrote: rm -rf ~ As you can imagine, that started recursively deleting things from my home directory. I should have put the ~ in double quotes or written ./~ . I hit control-c once I started seeing strange errors, but I was a bit late. It started deleting things all over the place. It complained that it couldn't delete a bunch of things in ~/Library , but it did end up deleting a bunch of other things there. Apps started acting strangely or crashing. It deleted my Google Drive settings, but not the files themselves. I was really worried that it'd delete the files and synchronize t
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