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Invisible files--can't delete

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OS 10.7.5


We are a commercial print shop. In the Finder, I have created a saved search that located all the .ps (postscript files) in a certain folder. Works great. However, this search (and a manual search like it) includes, in the results, two postscript files that were supposedly deleted months ago (intentionally). The files are no longer in this folder (or anywhere on our network) yet these files still show up in the search results window (and only in the search results window).


  • The icons of these 'ghost' files are blank (just white pages)
  • I can select the file and 'Get Info' them. They have a file size, creation and modification dates, but no location.
  • If I start Terminal and do 'ls" for the folder that I originally searched, these files do not show up in the resulting list.
  • If I start Terminal, type 'rm' and attempt to drag these files onto the terminal window out of the Finder search results window, nothing happens. I can't drag the files anywhere, in fact. I click and hold, the icon will not come with my mouse. I can click the files, but they cannot be dragged anywhere. "Legitimate" files in search results windows can be dragged (even in the same search result window containing my ghost files)
  • If I search for these files by name (instead of .ps extension) they show up in the search window, along with a bunch of other 'ghost' files of types: PDF, .ps, .INDD, .psd, etc and a number of other Adobe CS6-related file extenions. It's one project that seems to have gone 'ghosty' on me.


These files seem to be 'stuck' in this neverland and I can't get at them to delete them. I can't seem to use Terminal to get at them because they don't have a location. I have repaired permissions.


They are not ruining anything, it's just a nuisance to have them constantly coming up in the search result window and having to ignore them.


Any suggestions?


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