2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2011 10:21 AM by mikravigla
mikravigla Level 1 (0 points)
The trash icon disappeared from the dock last October. I took the opportunity to upgrade to Snow Leopard and reinstate the trash at the same time. Then in January the trash icon has disappeared again. There's only one user and in both cases the icon failed to appear on start up. All other icons on the dock and the desktop remain in place.

If I try to move a document to trash I get a message requesting whether I want to delete the document on screen. If I try delete, the document doesn't go to trash but is deleted.

My questions are: what's the cause, how can I restore trash and how can I keep it there?


iMac 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5), identifier iMac 5,1 memory 4 GB
  • Niel Level 10 (293,435 points)
    If I try delete, the document doesn't go to trash but is deleted.

    Click on the item in the Finder's sidebar with the house icon and verify that you are able to write to this folder in the Ownership & Permissions section of the Get Info window, and that it isn't locked; if it is already set this way and you get that error, open the Terminal in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder and run the following:

    mkdir ~/.Trash

    If you get a message stating that the folder exists, run the following:

    sudo chown $UID ~/.Trash
    chmod u+rwx ~/.Trash

    The first command in the second set will prompt you for your administrator password; nothing will appear in the Terminal window while it is being typed. In either case, click on the Finder icon in the Dock with the Control and Option keys pressed, and relaunch it.

  • mikravigla Level 1 (0 points)
    Great - I shall try this and report back - sounds like it could work. Thanks