Can't delete .MOV file from desktop

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by zblaxberg, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    Hey friends,

    I was working in Final Cut Pro 7 the other day and I'm using Lion. I started to export a video but cancelled the export as I had forgotten something. Ever since I have had the .MOV file on my desktop and I can't delete it. I've tried restarting the computer but every time I try to drag it to the trash, I get a notification: " The item "Sequence" can't be moved to the Trash because it can't be deleted."

    Any advice? Restarting doesn't work. I also can't right click and "get info" so I can't check the permissions of the file. The get info option is one I can click but nothing happens. Thoughts?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2011
    Try this:
    Open a Terminal window.
    Type the letters rm and a space.
    Grab the offending file with your cursor, and drag it over the line you just typed in the Terminal window.
    Release the mouse button.
    That should give you a line that looks like:
    rm /Users/yourname/Desktop/Sequence\
    Hit the return key.
    You might be asked if you want to override permissions.
    If so, type y and hit return again.
    The file should disappear.

    You might need to be in Admin mode to do this.

    From man rm:
  3. macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2007


    sudo rm -f /Users/yourname/Desktop/Sequence\
    To do it as superuser (admin) and force the removal if that don't do it nothing short of a re-install will.

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