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I accidentally did this:

command > ~/.bash_profile

Instead of

command >> ~/.bash_profile

I know, I'm an idiot. Is there a way to recover the old .bash_profile file?

Thanks a lot for your help

PS: The machine is a macbook pro with Leopard.

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Lesson learned : ALWAYS , no matter what are you editing, do a backup first –  Luciano Facchinelli Aug 18 '11 at 18:00
    
It's not about backing up data, it was a typo on the command –  Pablo Fernandez Aug 18 '11 at 18:51
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Thats a secondary thing... you edited bash_profile anyway –  Luciano Facchinelli Aug 18 '11 at 18:53

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Unless you had Time Machine or some other backup of the file, it's gone.

If that was the original .bash_profile, according to this page, the default setup for users is stored in /System/Library/User Template/English.lproj, you should be able to get another copy of the original from there. Or just create a new user and take theirs.

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It's possible but unlikely. The effort involved in recovering it will most likely be harder than simply rewriting it or recovering it from a backup.

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