Selective Restores on macOS
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I have owned a Mac continuously for the last 8 years as part of my job and used it full time both professionally and personally. Over that time I have carried a lot of crap from machine to machine, and a lot of that was very work specific. Certs, credentials, applications, and other various configurations and files. I've always just performed a full Time Machine restore each time I upgraded.
I recently switched employers, and wanted to start mostly fresh, but with the ability to keep some of the more generic configurations on my Mac like VIM configurations, and the ability to bring over personal files. I wasn't sure how I was going to approach this at first. I imagined, that I would just take a Time Machine backup, perform a fresh install, and then use the Migration Assistant to uncheck some things I don't want.
Using the Time Machine backup and Migration Assistant, seemed like a great idea, although Migration Assistant doesn't give y