Drag file help!

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  1. Tomple macrumors 6502a

    Tomple

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    #1
    When i drag a file from my desktop to another folder it stays on the desktop :rolleyes:
    did happen on my other macs

    help :confused:
     
  2. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Assuming the target folder is not on another volume, then perhaps your desktop items have acquired an ACL (hopefully not by some inheritance mechanism).

    This command would show us any ACLs on desktop items:

    ls -lae ~/Desktop

    And this one might could fix you up:

    chmod -R -N ~/Desktop/*


    One can only hope —if indeed an errant ACL is causing this —that it is in fact limited to desktop items. [further investigation could determine the status of the rest of your home folder... or you could just boot from the system OS install dvd and use the 'reset user ACLs and permissions' feature located in the reset password utility's area.]
     
  3. Tomple, Nov 6, 2010
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    Tomple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Tomple

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    Thanks!
    I will try when i get home :)

    EDIT

    Would resetting ACL's from the startupp disk require a backup or anything?
     
  4. Tomple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    EDIT

    Shows

     
  5. Tomple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    triple post :eek: sorry

    if i hold command and drag then the files leave my desktop
    does this help?
     
  6. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    If that's the case, the "folder" you're dragging it to is not on your internal drive. It's either an external drive or a network drive and it's copying to that drive as the default action.

    If it is indeed on your internal drive, for some reason your computer is treating it as some kind of external location.
     
  7. Tomple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My iMac has two drives
    1tb and 256 ssd
    the folder is located on the 1tb drive as there is no point in wasting the ssd's space on pictures

    thanks for your response iThinkergoiMac
    any way to change this behavior?
     
  8. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

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    It wouldn't make any sense to "change this behavior". Files dragged to-and-from different volumes should copy by default. You could however change your workflow pattern(s), and simply save those pictures to the other volume in the first place. [perhaps put an alias on your desktop, if that makes "drag-n-drop" easier.]


    Works as expected then.
     
  9. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    As Hal said, no reason to change that behavior. Either get used to using the command key when necessary or use Hal's idea of an alias (which would work quite well, I think).
     
  10. Tomple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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