Desktop Icons Have Disappeared

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  1. Styg, Apr 29, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011

    Styg macrumors newbie

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    I saw that everything on my Desktop has disappeared except the "Macintosh HD" icon and the icons for my two external harddrives.

    I remember incorrectly typing something in Terminal, and seeing a message in the Terminal window that says something like "Desktop permission denied" and saw that my Desktop icons were gone. I promptly restarted, and now the bookmarks I've saved on Camino (my browser) are gone.

    I've tried restarting Finder, but that didn't help.

    Advice?

    EDIT: I've tried looking for invisible files, but they still don't appear. I also tried finding it in Macintosh HD/Home/Desktop but the files weren't there either. I can still download new files just fine, but the ones I had on the Desktop previously do not show up.
     
  2. Sirobin macrumors 6502

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    What command did you run? Open Terminal, and press the up arrow until you find it, and then copy and paste it here.
     
  3. Styg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have the original, but I think it appeared after I entered the following text incorrectly:

    cd ~
    mkdir mctmp
    cd mctmp
    jar xf ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/bin/minecraft.jar

    ----

    I was trying to reveal a hidden Minecraft file. This usually works, but after I entered it this time I got the Permission Denied message.
     
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I don't have a clue what you did to your desktop, but if you want to find invisible files, get yourself a copy of EasyFind (Freeware), it will let you search for invisible files as well as others, doesn't require the use of Terminal and won't muck up your system if you make a typo.
     
  5. Styg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't think EasyFind is working. The files are more than just invisible: I've been denied access to them.
     
  6. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    If you go to your user folder and select the Desktop folder and do a Get Info on it, what does it show for Ownership & Permissions?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  8. Styg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For Ownership & Permissions, it says
    Name: Me Privilege: Read & Write
    Name: Everyone Privilege: No Access

    There I found everything was checked just as you had them in the attachment.
     
  9. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure this will be of any help or not since I'm on OS X 10.4.11 (but I can't imagine it should be any different) but I've got:

    Owner: Me
    Access: Read & Write

    Group: staff
    Access: Read only

    Others: Read only
     
  10. gotswng macrumors newbie

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    How I restored disappeared desktop icons

    Maybe this will work for you.
    I opened OnyX, -->Maintenance --> checked Display of Folders Content -->Then I selected /LaunchPad in the Path search box (This file and all its sub-folders) --> Execute.
    That's it. Desk top icons appeared immediately!

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    I opened OnyX, -->Maintenance --> checked Display of Folders Content -->Then I selected /LaunchPad in the Path search box (This file and all its sub-folders) --> Execute.
    That's it. Desk top icons appeared immediately!
     

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