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Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
Hi all,

I recently got "blue screened" and can't start my computer... it's been very scary!

The best solution I found was to reinstall Snow Leopard, but I don't have enough space on my hard drive...

SO, I'd like to delete a specific folder (one of the artists in my iTunes music folder). Can someone explain how to do this?

Right now, in Terminal all I see is:


If you can explain this in super-layman's terms, I'd REALLY appreciate it!!!

Thank you so much for your help

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • dbsneddon Level 4 (1,525 points)
    rm -R /Users/shortname/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Music/name-of-artist

    Where shortname is your short user name.
    name-of-artist is the name of the artist you wish to remove.
    The name is case sensitive and if it contains spaces you will need
    to escape them e.g. "The\ Beatles".

    *If you get the command wrong you can do major damage...*

    Work out what you think the command should be and post it here to
    see if there is anything obviously wrong with it -- just to be sure.

  • Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
    Dave--thank you so much for your help... I still seem to be having problems though!

    I keep getting "No such file or directory" when I'm certain it's real!

    Is there any way to look in folders somehow? I'm completely desperate here

    Thank you for walking me through this, I'm sure it's a pain.
  • dbsneddon Level 4 (1,525 points)
    Please post the command you are using...

    ls -al /Users

    will list the user directories. Just keep adding bits to the end
    of this command to get further down the directory structure.

    When typing the names, you can type the first few characters then
    press the <Tab> key and it should complete the name for you.

  • Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
    It said ls: /Users: No such file or directory

    Could this be because I'm in -bash-3.2#?? It used to say jimmyandretta/something, but when I was trying to fix another problem before this happened, it stopped saying that and started just saying the bash thing....

    I'm so lost here! I just want to move everything to an external hard drive and restart if possible.

    Would that be possible?

    I'll do ANYTHING to just get this thing running again.
  • Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
    One of the commands I was using was rm -R /Users/jimmyandretta/iTunes/iTunes\ Music/Atmosphere

    It said "rm: /Users/jimmyandretta/iTunes/iTunes\ Music/Atmosphere: No such file or directory"

    I got nothin!
  • dbsneddon Level 4 (1,525 points)
    How are you getting to the bash prompt?

    ls -al /

    should get you a list of directories at the root level.
    What is there?

  • Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
    Whenever I open terminal, "-bash-3.2#" is all that appears.

    When I did "ls -al /" I got:

    total 36553
    drwxwe-t 24 root admin 884 Aug 13 2009 .

    and a big list that continues 25 lines, then goes back to


    I have no idea what that means....
  • dbsneddon Level 4 (1,525 points)
    So you are booted and starting Terminal?

    What else is in that list?
    There should be entries like Users, Volumes, Library, System and others.

  • Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm booting from the Install CD as the blue screen kept shutting my computer down at about 10% of the loading bar; I'm in terminal and the entries on the right most side include

    ._Optional Installs.localized
    Install Mac OS
    Optional Installs.localized
    etc -> private/etc
    tmp -> private/tmp
    var -> private/var

    I can't cut/paste as I'm using a friend's laptop right now.. but those are the things on the right-most side.

    Dave you're the best for walking me through this.
  • dbsneddon Level 4 (1,525 points)
    That explains the lack of /Users...

    Can you try rebooting but hold down the command and S keys to get
    into single user mode on your internal drive?

  • Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
    OK--I'm into the single users mode and the screen is black; the last lines say:

    Root device is mounted read-only

    If you want to make modifications to files
    /sbin/fsk -fy
    .sbin/mount -uw /

    If you wish to booth the system:

    :/ root#
  • dbsneddon Level 4 (1,525 points)
    At this point

    /sbin/mount -uw /

    will mount the disk read/write which is what you will need.

    df -H

    will show you disk usage - how full it is

    ls -al /

    will give you a list that should include the Users directory

    If all that is good, then your original rm command should work.

  • Jimmy Andretta Level 1 (0 points)
    When I tried /sbin/mount -uw /

    I got:

    hfs: BlockMarkFree() trying to free unallocated blocks on volume Jimmy Andretta's MacBook Pro
    0 [Level 3] [ReadUID 0] [Facility com.pple.system.fs] [ErrType FS] [MountPt >
    hfs: Runtime corruption detected on Jimmy Andretta's MacBook Pro. fsck will be forced on next mount.
    hfs: error truncting rsrc fork!
    :/ root#

    (back where I started??)
  • dbsneddon Level 4 (1,525 points)
    Try to df -H command just to see how much free space is available.
    Then try the
    /sbin/fsck -fy

    to see if it can fix it.

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