Dock folder content not updating until reboot. Finder view correct

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lokiju, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. lokiju macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    Here's the issue.

    I have a few folders on my dock that I click on to view the contents.

    For example my documents or downloads folders.

    If I delete the contents of the downloads folder for example and then click on the dock folder for it, it still shows all the same content in it's view.

    If I go to that folder in Finder it's empty like it should be.

    The files are gone it's just that the view doesn't refresh when it's on the Dock.

    Only rebooting the system will update the view.

    I booted off of the install disk and ran through Permissions and Disk repairs thinking maybe that'd resolve it but it did not.

    Has anyone here had the same issue and found a way to resolve it?

    It only happens on my one system, not any others.
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    This could be caused by several things:
    • Corrupt Dock caches
    • Stale Dock caches
    • The Dock's just confused, and needs a "kick" (read: reboot)
    The first two issues are easily fixed. Mosey on over to Users -> username -> Library -> Caches, and find a folder called or - once you find it, delete it. Restart the Dock for the change to take full effect. The third problem merely requires a Dock restart.

    To restart the Dock (use any of these):
    Reboot the computer
    Log out and back in (do NOT use Fast User Switching if it's enabled)
    Open Activity Monitor, find Dock, quit it
    Type the following at a Terminal prompt: killall Dock
  3. lokiju thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    Thanks! This pointed me in the right direction.

    The path was a bit off but I was able to track it down from there.

    Actual path is users/user/library/preferences then in there I deleted, force quit it from Activity Monitor and then tested it out and it appears to be corrected now.
  4. ConnYoungy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    I know this is an old thread but I'm having a similar problem except the exact opposite. Dock folders are showing all the files inside but when I open those folders in finder, loads of files are missing
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Always better to start a new thread when the issue is slightly different. More people will look in on it.

    Please explain how you are opening the folders in Finder. Are you doing that from the Dock, or navigating through the folder structure from the User folder?

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