corrupted alias: can't be deleted

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brijazz, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. brijazz macrumors 6502

    brijazz

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    Jul 31, 2008
    #1
    I have a few alias files that popped up after Firefox crashed while downloading. They can't be deleted, dragged, or even referenced in the terminal (I tried running ls -a, and they didn't appear in the listing). Permissions for these files is "unknown access".

    Here's oddest part: these aliases only show up in Smart Folders. In this case, they're aliases to video files that were downloading to my ~/Downloads folder, so if I set up a Smart Folder that limits itself to video files, the corrupted aliases appear. If I browse my ~/Downloads folder in Finder, they're nowhere to be found.

    Any advice?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Solon, OH
    #2
    File system errors may be to blame here. Try verifying your startup disk with Disk Utility.
     
  3. brijazz thread starter macrumors 6502

    brijazz

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    Jul 31, 2008
    #3
    Yup, that did the trick. Disk Utility reported orphaned blocks. Repaired the disk, restarted and all is well.

    Thanks!
     

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