Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2013 8:04 AM (in response to xparrot)
Coud these items be from an external drive?
YOu need to use sudo for that coomand but first try deleting from the external.
For the permissions issue try this...
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
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.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2013 8:12 AM (in response to macjack)
That worked for my other problem which was having to enter a password when I drag something to the Trash, but my empty folders still exist. The folders were from an external drive.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2013 8:24 AM (in response to xparrot)
It doesn't sound like you quite own all of your home drive items (and you should). This would be causing your trash difficulty as well.
You can change this graphically, if you aren't big on messing with command line things:
-Select your Home folder inside the Users folder
-Get Info from the File Menu
-Make sure your login is chosen as the owner and that it has Read and Write
-In the gearbox at the bottom of the Get Info dialog choose "Apply to Enclosed"
The second and third entries are usually Group and Other and they generally only need Read to this location
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2013 8:23 AM (in response to xparrot)
The folders were from an external drive.
Is there any chance that external drive is a Time Machine backup? If so, you may very well have damaged your backups, and if using sudo rm doesn't remove those items, you may have to resort to erasing that external drive completely and starting your backups over from scratch.
If it's not a Time Machine backup, I would defer to what has already been said.
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