shldr2thewheel, your suggestion would get rid of the warning. That's not the issue - in fact I like the warning.
I want to put things in the trash folder and have them stay there until I WANT to empty the trash - not delete automatically simply oupon dragging them to the trash. I'm going to try jsd2's solution and will report back.
Repairing the permissions of a home folder in Lion is a complicated procedure. I don’t know of a simpler one that always works.
Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:
☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)
☞ In the Finder, press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.
☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the page that opens.
Drag or copy – do not type – the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:
chmod -R -N ~
The command will take a noticeable amount of time to run. When a new line ending in a dollar sign ($) appears below what you entered, it’s done. You may see a few error messages about an “invalid argument” while the command is running. You can ignore those. If you get an error message with the words “Permission denied,” enter this:
You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up.
Next, boot from your recovery partition by holding down the key combination command-R at startup. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.
When the recovery desktop appears, select Utilities ▹ Terminal from the menu bar.
In the Terminal window, enter “resetpassword” (without the quotes) and press return. A Reset Password window opens.
Select your boot volume if not already selected.
Select your username from the menu labeled Select the user account if not already selected.
Under Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs, click the Reset button.
Select ▹ Restart from the menu bar.
Choose your Home folder "Get Info" (command-i) and be sure you have "read & write" in the Sharing & Permissions section. Check under "General" section to be sure it isn't locked. If that is correct, launch Applications/Utilities/Terminal and at the prompt copy & paste this command…
If you get a message that the folder already exists, copy & paste these commands...
sudo chown $UID ~/.Trash
Press return Enter your admin password (it will be invisible) Press return.Then enter
chmod u+rwx ~/.Trash
Press return. Log out and back in, or restart.
NOPE - I get "undefined" variable. No prompt for system password
I also went through the steps as listed above in the xlab posting - and still no luck.
My trash prompt remains "delete immediately" without the trash purgatpry until I go in and delete
Any other suggestions or am I missing a key point here?