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Mystery picture in "desktop & screen saver"

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conrads Calculating status...
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May 8, 2012 7:08 PM

When I go to "desktop & screen saver" in System Prefs, I have a mystery picture I cannot get rid of and it has been passed from Mac to Mac, OS to OS. It says it's on my desktop with the other pics that I see on my desktop that are actually there. I click on the picture to get its name or location and I get this ".\UserImages\WelcomeSecondaryIm". So I try to find this location...nothing. I try to spotlight this exact phrase, NOTHING. This picture has gotten unbelievably annoying because I can't locate the physical file to delete it. I believe it may have been an image that was dragged off a browser onto the desktop. Please help, it's been over 8 years.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iPhone 4
  • MotoNomad Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2012 7:35 PM (in response to conrads)

    the leading dot in ".\UserImages\WelcomeSecondaryIm" suggests that UserImages is a hidden folder. One way to find the dastardly image file is to use the command line (terminal.app)

     

    -Open the terminal and type: locate WelcomeSecondaryIm

     

    -This should give you the full file path to the offending image

     

    -You can use open command in the terminal to open the enclosing folder in the finder:

    example:  open .\UserImages\

     

     

    I hope this helps. Let me know what happens.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 8, 2012 8:32 PM (in response to conrads)

    Download Find Any File and search for it with that.  Locate may give you way more than you can easily digest.

     

    Did you really mean ".\UserImages\WelcomeSecondaryIm" or is that a typeo and those backslashes are really supposed to be forward slashes?

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    May 9, 2012 2:06 AM (in response to X423424X)

    Another option if you don't want to download any further software is to use the 'Find' command in Terminal.

     

    Open Terminal and copy & paste this into the window:

     

    find . -type f -name '*WelcomeSecondaryIm*' -print

     

    Press 'return'. Wait till the prompt returns (it may take a few seconds), then look through the results for the path to the offending file.

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    May 9, 2012 10:10 AM (in response to conrads)

    Open Terminal again, copy & paste this

     

    cd ~/Desktop; ls -al

     

    Press 'return'.

     

    Do you see the file in the list? (it'll be up near the top of the list).

     

    If so, you paste this

     

    rm .\UserImages\WelcomeSecondaryIm

     

    Press 'return' and it's gone!

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    May 9, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to conrads)

    Just to mention - the file name with the backslashes indicates it came from a Windows machine, so it's unlikely to be of much use to you in any case.

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    May 9, 2012 9:58 PM (in response to noondaywitch)

    noondaywitch wrote:

     

    Just to mention - the file name with the backslashes indicates it came from a Windows machine, so it's unlikely to be of much use to you in any case.

     

    Ah, thanks. I was wondering about that. Which also explains why the 'rm' command didn't work. Bash interprets backward slashes as escape characters, so it would not find the file to remove unless you enclosed the file name in quote marks.

     

    Good job everyone. Lesson learned!

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