Can't open Trash Folder?

whyrichard

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Original poster
Aug 15, 2002
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Hey,

I can't open my trash folder on my '09 mac pro... i click on it in my dock, and literally nothing happens. the trash can icon just blinks.

I have an '09 mac pro, with my boot disk on a raid 0 totally 160 gigs of intel ssd's... os x lion.

what the? what should i do?

thanks,
r.
 

derbothaus

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Jul 17, 2010
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The Trash is probably deleted accidentally. You can recreate it easy enough.
Open a terminal shell and type:
cd ~ (press return)
ls -a (press return)
If .Trash is not present in the list type:
mkdir .Trash
Trash will be back and usable again.
 

derbothaus

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Jul 17, 2010
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.trash was on the list... but thank you for your effort...

r.
Reboot could clear it up.
Can you navigate into Trash via Terminal? Is there anything in it?
cd ~/.Trash
ls (press return)


You can also relaunch the Dock.
killall Dock (press return)

Can you give any more details? It just blinks? I have never seen any directory or link just "blink". Trash is nothing more than a directory. Question mark and warnings, yes.

You could delete the Trash directory and re-create a fresh one following the directions I posted earlier.
 

will.billy

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Apr 4, 2012
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I had the same issue. Not sure what the situation was. But, terminal showed all was well, relaunching the dock didn't help, but the reboot fixed it.