Currently Being ModeratedMay 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.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 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?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 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.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 6:51 AM (in response to softwater)
Yes, the way I entered it was correct. I thought the slashes were strange also but I cut and pasted it.
Motonomad, your solution told me file doesn't exist and then prompts me to create a database using "sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist" Plenty of warnings go with it so I'll wait to hear what others say.
Softwater, when I entered your command, I got this: ./Desktop/.\UserImages\WelcomeSecondaryIm
-That makes sense since that's where it says it is when I go to change my desktop picture. Unfortunately, it's not there. I've even searched through every file that may be a picture by simply searching the extension, i.e. .jpg, etc. I look at the physical desktop, not there. I check the desktop folders, not there. But the Mac says it IS there...somehow.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 10:10 AM (in response to conrads)
Open Terminal again, copy & paste this
cd ~/Desktop; ls -al
Do you see the file in the list? (it'll be up near the top of the list).
If so, you paste this
Press 'return' and it's gone!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 4:02 PM (in response to softwater)
Softwater, it did show the file in the list, even showing what looks to be the date it was created(Sep 7 2004). I did the rm .\UserImages\WelcomeSecondaryIm command and it says "rm: .UserImagesWelcomeSecondaryIm: No such file or directory" I noticed that the response removed the \'s even though I entered them. Is there another way to delete?
We're close. I just don't get why this image is so well hidden.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 4:13 PM (in response to conrads)
This is a direct copy of the "cd ~/Desktop; Is -al" command, if it helps. I've altered username to "user":
Macintosh-2:Desktop user$ cd ~/Desktop; ls -al
drwx------+ 12 user user 408 May 9 18:08 .
drwxr-xr-x+ 28 user user 952 May 9 17:39 ..
-rw-------@ 1 user user 21508 May 9 18:08 .DS_Store
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 59714 Sep 7 2004 .\UserImages\WelcomeSecondaryIm
-rw-r--r-- 1 user user 0 Feb 16 2004 .localized
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 33481 May 8 16:40 Alek's Story.odt
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 137138 Dec 20 12:54 DSCN0314.jpg
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 1768368 May 4 13:41 IMG_0602.JPG
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 1816 Apr 13 19:29 Untitled.rtf
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 188340 Mar 25 19:24 Wolf Story1.odt
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 836 Apr 24 16:49 crtdftyghu.rtf
-rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 1164 May 1 11:24 desciption.rtf
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 4:28 PM (in response to conrads)
HOLD THE PHONE! It's gone, but I did it through a combo of your suggestions. After using softwater's command to show the desktop and noting the modification date, I then downloaded "find any file" to help with the search. Find Any File didn't find it either until I did a search based on modification date. It found it(still saying it was on the desktop). I dragged it to the trash. I then opened Trash but it wasn't showing there. I used Find Any File again and this time is said it was in the trash, so I deleted the trash. File gone!!!! Thanks to everyone for their input!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 9:58 PM (in response to noondaywitch)
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!