I restored my machine from a backup where I hadn't backed up system directories.

Now my restored emacs (spacemacs) insist on trying to read and write from this directory and I keep on getting errors like this:

File mode specification error: (file-missing Creating directory with prefix No such file or directory /var/folders/wq/hh0gd3_57pschvmv66g839w40000gq/T/babel-)
[persp-mode] Error: Can not autoresume perspectives -- (file-missing Creating directory with prefix No such file or directory /var/folders/wq/hh0gd3_57pschvmv66g839w40000gq/T/babel-)

How can I fix this?

Reinstalling spacemacs (deleting the ~/.emacs.d/ and re-cloning from git) didn't help.

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It turned out that I had to delete the ~/.spacemacs.env file which had the directory hardcoded in the TMPDIR variable. This file gets re-created on spacemacs launch with the correct directory.

  • Mark your answer as the solution if it fixed your problem.
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    Done. It sucks I can't do that right away after answering and because of that I forgot to come back some days later.
    – loxs
    Dec 31, 2018 at 14:10

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