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bejohnson Level 1 (0 points)

As of this afternoon, whenever I put something in the trash a message pops up saying "finder wants to make changes. please enter your password to allow this" then it deletes the file without putting it into the trash.


How do I put the behavior back to the way it used to be (I have no idea what changed this, by the way).


I simply want to put something into the trash with no password required - and then empty it when I want to empty it.


One more thing, I did a repair permissions on the entire disk from disk utility - and made sure that I have full ownership/permission for all files that I normally access i.e. documents folder, desktop etc.


Also, it is not just files, i can create a new folder with nothing in it on the desktop (and yes i am the owner) and it still happens


Am a bit stuck as to a solution.

Mac OS X (10.7)
  • cdukelow Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same problem on my iMac -- but oddly enough, not my MacBook Pro. (Running Lion on both.) VERY annoying.

  • Douglas Broyles Level 1 (30 points)

    I suddenly developed this problem of the Mac wanting my admin password just to place a file in the Trash.


    I launched Terminal.

    I entered sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash to delete the invisible Trash folder. Forcing it to create a new one.

    I dropped a file in the Trash and emptied it and no Finder window wanting a password came up.


    Hope this helps.

  • darthblu Level 1 (0 points)




    worked like a charm for me, After you enter your password in terminal it will seem as it nothing is happening but it is actually processing ... let it run for about 10 mins and then it will prompt you


    i used it on OS X LION 10.7.2

  • denisefromcomo Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem - I hate Lion

  • benjikan Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank You, this seemed to have solve my problem which commenced right after I did the Safari Update in Lion 10.7.2.

  • ukquilter Level 1 (0 points)



    I have just noticed today that when I try and move a file to the trash can I get the message:


    Finder wants to make changes. Type your password to allow this


    We do not have a password to do this and it was working fine before

    The terminal command sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash does not work and gives a permission denied result


    MyMac:~ user$ ls -als (where user is the username - changed for this post)

    total 40

    0 drwxr-xr-x+ 18 user  staff    612  7 Jan 00:05 .

    0 drwxr-xr-x   6 root     admin    204 29 Oct 18:04 ..

    0 -rw-------   1 user  staff      3 29 Oct 17:21 .CFUserTextEncoding

    32 -rw-r--r--@  1 user  staff  15364  8 Jan 21:43 .DS_Store

    0 drwx------  12 root     staff    408  8 Jan 21:43 .Trash

    0 -rw-------   1 user  staff      0  7 Nov 23:19 .Xauthority

    0 drwxr-xr-x@  6 user  staff    204  4 Jan 15:45 .aladin

    8 -rw-------   1 user  staff    256  8 Jan 21:44 .bash_history

    0 drwx------   3 user  staff    102 31 Oct 22:47 .cups

    0 drwxr-xr-x   5 user  staff    170  7 Nov 23:18 .fontconfig

    0 drwx------+  4 user  staff    136 22 Dec 13:33 Desktop

    0 drwx------+ 24 user  staff    816  8 Jan 21:43 Documents

    0 drwx------+ 10 user  staff    340  8 Jan 20:43 Downloads

    0 drwx------@ 43 user  staff   1462  8 Nov 17:14 Library

    0 drwx------+  3 user  staff    102 29 Oct 17:21 Movies

    0 drwx------+  5 user  staff    170  1 Nov 22:19 Music

    0 drwx------+ 46 user  staff   1564  8 Jan 21:29 Pictures

    0 drwxr-xr-x+  6 user  staff    204  8 Jan 21:04 Public


    I did a quick check of the permissions and .Trash is assigned to the root and not the user.


    Can still delete files dropping them on the trash can, but they totally disappear and cannot be seen to be eptied later or restored as required.


    Any ideas how to sort this or what the problem/cause is? On Mac OS X 10.7.2

  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,274 points)

    For sudo to work, you must be an Admin user. If not, we can still work around it.


    Try this command instead:

    sudo chown user ~/.Trash

    Replace user with your username. Sudo will ask for a password, which is your user password. It won't repeat anything when you type the password.

  • ukquilter Level 1 (0 points)



    Thanks for the info. Will test when we are home. My one query here is that we do not have a password set for the user account, so when requested for a password is it correct to just hit return ?


    Likewise, I do not believe we were given an admin password when we purchased the machine, but I think they setup the two accounts on the machine to have admin rights. So it is pretty odd that the trash bin all of a sudden is assigned to the root and not the user! Is this an issue with the ugrade from 10.7.1 to 10.7.2 ?


    I have googled this and it does seem to be an issue at various times!


    We are still new users of the iMac so it is a bit of a learning exercise.


    Thanks for the guidance: will let you know if the problem is fixed from your suggestion.

  • ukquilter Level 1 (0 points)



    The command sudo chown user ~/.Trash does not work


    It asks for the password, and I checked we are logged as admin but we do not have a password set for the machine.


    Any ideas?

  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,274 points)

    You can't use sudo without a password set for the user. That's why it is failing for you.

    If there is no password set, you should be able to set it in the User's & Groups System Preferences.


    I don't really know the history of the problem, but have heard it happen with the upgrade.


    If you don't want to set a password for the accounts, we may be able to change it in the Finder.

    I do not believe we were given an admin password when we purchased the machine, but I think they setup the two accounts on the machine to have admin rights.

    That kind of scares me. Who set up the computer for you? Can you trust them explicitly with every bit of personal and financial information you store on your computer?


    If you purchased this Mac from someone you don't know, you have no idea what they installed on the computer before they sold it to you. It could have something skimming all your personal information. Odds are probably low that they did that, but you will never know.

  • ukquilter Level 1 (0 points)



    No problems with security as this was a brand new machine and the store just set up 2 user accounts and a partition for Windows. Both user accounts have admin priviliges.


    It is clear there is no password set on the user account since when I go to drop something in the trash the box comes up asking for the password and all I do is click ok and not type anything. I think the store left it like that so we could set our own.


    We do have AppleCare so can see what they say. But I guess what I could look at is setting a password and then trying the sudo command again.


    As it is we just use one account rather than keep logging in and out of them.


    ..... well leading on from that just set a password on the account and sudo chown user ~/.Trash worked - thanks


    I guess the next question is why it would change all of a sudden!

  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,274 points)

    I guess the next question is why it would change all of a sudden!

    That I don't know.

  • Ronjohn91 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too have experienced this problem and used the sudo

    chown user ~/.Trash and it totally fixed it!


    Thanks Barney-15E your a genius.

  • Podcaster Level 2 (370 points)

    This starting happening on my Mac Pro after a 10.8.4 Mountain Lion update. The terminal command suggested in post 2 worked great so thanks.


    Strangely, this started in 10.8.4, which is an update I had to download from versus the App Store. The App Store update caused a grey screen lockup each time I tried it. I ended up having to download and install manually. Then the password requirement appeared for trashing items.


    Thanks again for the solution

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