corrupted alias: can't be deleted

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

  1. brijazz macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    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


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    File system errors may be to blame here. Try verifying your startup disk with Disk Utility.
  3. brijazz thread starter macrumors 6502


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


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