Desktop.(null) files in User Folder

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Graig, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Graig macrumors 6502

    Graig

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    Today I noticed two files, Desktop-1.(null) and Desktop-2.(null) in my User Folder. Both were created on Aug 24 2012. Perhaps I changed my Desktop wallpaper, but I never noticed these before. Anyone else see this?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    No, but here are some troubleshooting suggestions:
    • Did you install any software on August 24?
    • If no, did you use any software you installed on that day that you either are using for the first time, have not used in 2 months or more, or invoked a feature you hadn't yet used?
    • If no to both of those, have you checked your disk lately for file system errors?
     
  3. Graig thread starter macrumors 6502

    Graig

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    No but I installed Mountain Lion Update 10.8.1 the day before. These files appeared though at 3:52 pm on the 24th. Would you think it safe to delete these 2 files?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Before deleting those files, do this just to be certain you're not breaking something by doing so:
    • Use Disk Utility's "Verify Disk" feature to check for file system errors. If any are found, you'll need to boot from the Recovery drive to fix them.
    • Repeat until no errors are found, or the only errors left are ones Disk Utility reports that it cannot fix.
     
  5. Charles Butcher macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for recording this. When it happened to me I was puzzled enough to do a web search.

    My own Desktop-1.(null) turned out to be a PDF that I had previously tried to download, and which for some reason had disappeared. The Desktop is my standard download location; I don't know if this is significant.

    I opened the file in TextWrangler and found that the first characters were "%PDF", so I renamed it to "Desktop-1.(null).pdf". Opening in Preview confirmed that this was the missing file.

    This was some days after I had upgraded to 10.8.1. Since I've never seen this behaviour before, it seems as if it might well be a consequence of the upgrade.

    So I deleted the file…
     
  6. Graig thread starter macrumors 6502

    Graig

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    Thank you so much, this is indeed exactly as you describe. I will delete then now and again many thanaks.
     

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