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How to access Time Machine files from Linux
Authored by: lostsync on Nov 12, '10 10:55:57PM
I know this is an old tip but just wanted to add my $0.02. Hint does indeed work as described, but it's also important to note that...well my particular case was this:
  1. I needed a file from a subfolder on my desktop.
  2. Followed the hint, found my desktop.
  3. Subfolder didn't exist
  4. Followed the hint, found my subfolder
  5. File was within
So, you may need to find the 'magic folder' more than once to get at what you're looking for.

Also, most people using this hint are probably on Ubuntu or a related OS - there is no root password by design. You'll need to use
sudo passwd root
to give the root account a password before you are able to use it. sudo is required to do much of anything with the Time Machine volume and using the root account will be helpful if you aim to deal with more than one or two files. Consider disabling it again when you are done - Ubuntu turns it off for a reason and it really isn't needed by 99% of users 99% of the time.

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