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llubi Level 1 (0 points)

I don't know when started to happen, but when I open a window of Finder, and click in the left sidebar to see what is in Desktop, it didn't show in the right panel, it open a Terminal window.


If I click Applications, or Music, it works good, but not with Desktop.


Any ideas? I alredy installed Lion again 3 times, but when restoring from Time Machine, it starts to doing that.



  • Kappy Level 10 (265,914 points)

    Hold down the COMMAND key and drag the Desktop entry out of the sidebar. Go to your Home folder and drag the Desktop folder to the sidebar. See if that helps.

  • llubi Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry but no, I can "erase" the desktop shortcut, but can't put the new one in the sidebar, the mouse shows the not allowed signal.


    If I erase the old one, and go to Preferences to select again the Desktop, it does the same.



  • llubi Level 1 (0 points)

    I found something that I think is interesting to solve that.


    When I tried to open the desktop from my Home folder, it happen again, so I tried Command + I and I saw that it think's it's not a folder, it says "paquet" (sorry, it's in Spanish, Paquete). And it's asigned to open with terminal.


    I tried to open with "Finder", but it's not a possibility.


    Can it be a problem of permissions?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,524 points)

    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.


    If you’re running Mac OS X 10.7 or later, 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:


    ls -@Odel ~/Desktop


    Post any lines of output that appear below what you entered – the text, please, not a screenshot. If your user name appears in the output, anonymize it for privacy's sake.

  • Kappy Level 10 (265,914 points)

    That's not what I suggested. First, drag the one in the Sidebar out of the Sidebar while holding down the COMMAND key. Then go to your Home folder and drag the Desktop folder into the Sidebar. It does work as I just tried it to be sure.


    Out of curiosity if you double-click on the /Home/Desktop/ folder does the Terminal open?

  • llubi Level 1 (0 points)



    Yes, I did, sorry about my english, I hold down the apple key(command) and drag the Desktop out of the Finder, it show a cloud and "erase" it.


    When I try to put the one from Home folder, it show that symbol:



  • llubi Level 1 (0 points)

    @Linc Davis;


    Last login: Tue Mar 13 22:03:17 on ttys000

    MacBook-Pro-de-User:~ User$ ls -@Odel ~/Desktop

    drwxrwxrwx@ 25 User  staff  - 850 12 mar 17:17 /Users/Xxxxx/Desktop


    0: group:everyone deny delete

    MacBook-Pro-de-User:~ User$





  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,524 points)

    Enter the following command in the Terminal window in the same way as before (no typing):


    xattr -c ~/Desktop


    Try the action again. If the same thing happens, relaunch the Finder by selecting Apple menu > Force Quit... > Finder and pressing return or clicking Relaunch.

  • llubi Level 1 (0 points)



    No needed to restart Finder, just copied your sentence, and it worked!!


    Thank's a lot!

  • alucardie Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank You!! That did the trick..Nice

  • Motorrad2002 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem, but it was opening in TextWrangler and there was nothing online to help. So I removed Textwrangler and Desktop started opening in Terminal. This led me to this post and fixed the issue in 2 minutes! Awesome stuff! thanks for the tip

  • Gfpkkid Level 1 (0 points)

    Good job Linc!  I have had issues since changing my hard drive last week and could not believe I couldn't drag & drop (been doing this for the better part of the last 25 years...).  All the "genuises" were recommending erase & clean-install, the usual waste two days of your time for a possible positive result. 

    Thank again, your a lifesaver !



  • hebemor Level 1 (0 points)

    Fixed my same problem too.




  • ralphfrombenton Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much! This has been driving me crazy! The issue is fixed!

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