Cannot delete files from desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mowenbrown, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. mowenbrown macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2005
    I hope this isn't a double post, but I didn't see anything when I searched. Hopefully someone can answer or point me in the right direction...

    I had a few folders and files on my desktop. When I try to delete them I am prompted for my password, when entered my password is accepted I hear a click but the file is not moved to the trash.

    Based on threads here I have read:
    - If I drag it to a different location it will copy. After copying I still cannot delete.
    - If I open the file information my account is listed as having read-write permissions and my account is listed as an admin account in settings.
    - I did a repair permissions and restarted. Then I repaired and restarted again. Then I verified and repaired my disk. Then I restarted again.
    - I did NOT open terminal and try any commands. Those posts went right over my head and scare me a little.

    Anyt houghts?

  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Copy and paste the following command verbatim into Terminal:
    ls -l ~
    Some lines will be produced in Terminal, listing the name and some important information for every file and folder in your home folder. Copy and paste all those lines verbatim into a post. You can quit Terminal at that point.

    I am assuming you don't care that everyone will be able to see the names of the files and folders in your home folder.

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