Files skipping trash and deleting immediately.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by markothecro, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. markothecro macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2009
    Annoyingly, my files have started skipping the trash bin and directly deleting themselves when I drag one to the trash. Whether I hit delete, drag into an open trash window, or just drag to the trash icon, the file doesn't go into the trash, but rather deletes right away, with the standard "Are you sure you want to delete 'x'?" As if I was emptying the trash bin.

    Suggestions appreciated to this frustrating problem.

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    If the suggestions in that thread (basically "restart" or a Finder pref which I think is different from your problem) don't help, try the suggestions in this one, which should:

    (In summary, type "sudo rm -R ~/.Trash" into a terminal window, but read the thread for some extra detail.)
  3. markothecro thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2009
    Thanks for the helpful links, guys. As it turns out, I had lost permissions to access my trash folder, and as suggested by Makosuke, a simple "sudo rm -R ~/.Trash" followed by "killall Finder" fixed the problem instantly. :)

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