Why is my Library folder missing in Lion?

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Does anyone know why the Library folder is missing in Lion?

It used to nestle in the Home folder and was easily accessible for removing preference lists but now it is gone.

I understand that this is by design in Lion and can be recovered back using a fix in Terminal but why should they hide it in the first place? :Confused:
 

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Because 95% of people (and that's being conservative) don't need access to it. My guess is that it was hidden for one of two reasons: aesthetic or to prevent people from messing around in there.
 
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This the solution by the way if anyone is interested but do Apple not want us to access it easily ?



Solution
To get your Library folder back:

1.Go to your Applications folder.
2.Go to the Utilities folder.
3.Double click on Terminal.
4.Select all the text in the box below and press cmd + C to Copy.

chflags nohidden ~/Library

In the Terminal window press cmd + V or click Edit > Paste (on the top menu).
Press Enter.
To revert back to the default setting change “nohidden” to “hidden” in Step 4.

(acknowledgements-Carl Norton)
 
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Because 95% of people (and that's being conservative) don't need access to it. My guess is that it was hidden for one of two reasons: aesthetic or to prevent people from messing around in there.

The thing is deleting a preference list is one of the common fixes recommended for troubleshooting Apps.
 
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You can press the option key in Finder and the Library will show.
 
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You can press the option key in Finder and the Library will show.

Or you can click on the Go menu and then press the option key and it will appear in the list.
Still not sure why they hid it.
 
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There's an article about this in November MacWorld. I read it, didn't memorize much, and the magazine is not handy at the moment...
 

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Why hide the user library folder and not hide the system library folder if Apple was not wanting users messing with it? Doesn't make sense to me....?
 
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Why hide the user library folder and not hide the system library folder if Apple was not wanting users messing with it? Doesn't make sense to me....?

Exactly....considering that the plist clearance technique is all over the web in user forums.
 
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Why hide the user library folder and not hide the system library folder if Apple was not wanting users messing with it? Doesn't make sense to me....?
System one requires elevated privileges, user one doesn't. That's my guess at least.
 

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