3 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2011 3:46 AM by Untmdsprt
Untmdsprt Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)

This problem started showing up after I had downloaded the Disk LED app from the Mac App store. Now I can't get the files to delete properly from the applications folder. It keeps asking for a password, or it gives me a message that the files need to be deleted immediately instead of the usual just putting them in the trash.


Is there anything I can do to get it back to normal behavior of putting the file in the trash and then deleting it when I want to, and it stays deleted? Terminal use is ok, but I'd need a simple explanation on the commands.



Macbook 2,1 (2.16GHz Core 2 Duo), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2GB RAM, 500GB & 1TB ext drives, Dual-band Airport, iPhone 3GS
  • 1. Re: Trying to delete files and they still show up
    j.v. Level 5 Level 5 (4,150 points)

    After you drag everything into the trash, try typing in Terminal:

         rm -fRv .Trash/*


    This says to remove (forcefully) (and Recursively) all files/directories/applications contained within your Trash (and verbosely tell you what it unrecoverably deleted)


    If stuff still stubbornly refuses to be deleted, if you are not logged in as an administratively privileged user, in Terminal, type:

        su administratively_privileged_short_user_name_goes_here

    You will be prompted for the admin user password, which will not be echoed back to you as you type it not even a ••••••


    Once you have administrative privileges, type:

        sudo rm -fRv .Trash/*

    You'll be prompted for admin username/password again.

  • 2. Re: Trying to delete files and they still show up
    Untmdsprt Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)

    says .Trash/* is not a directory


    If it's an app file I have to drag it out of the applications folder, type in my password and then it can be deleted but it has to be immediately. There's no putting it in the trash folder and leaving it there. Is there any way to fix this?


    I am about ready to buy a new hard drive anyway and put the current one into an external case. At least when this happens I can reformat the drive and have it as a backup OSX drive for emergencies.

  • 3. Re: Trying to delete files and they still show up
    Untmdsprt Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2441763/Screenshots/Screen%20shot%202011-05-01%20at%203. 55.31%20PM.jpg


    Here's a screenshot of the OS wanting to immediately delete something. How do I get this back to normal and where the file just goes to the trash folder? This would be nice to work on first. Thanks.