Nothing in trash?

Mepappas

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 17, 2008
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Tacoma
Hi Folks,
Ny Mac Pro has been exhibiting a strange new behavior.
When I delete something it asks for my pasword before it deletes the item.
Then nothing shows up in the trash basket. Empty tash securely is nor ticked, but warn before emptying trash is.
I just unchecked warn before emptying trash, so that may have solved this issue, although I have nothing to delete right now.
Anyone have any insight?
Thanks,
Jim
 

derbothaus

macrumors 601
Jul 17, 2010
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You are most likely having permissions issues or somehow your ~/.Trash directory is missing. Does this ask on every file you throw or just selected? Can you open and terminal window and do this command:
ls -al

Do you see a directory called .Trash? Does the left hand column list permissions as drwx------?

Could be other things as well.
 

Mepappas

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 17, 2008
16
0
Tacoma
Yes,
Even after I unchecked, "warn before emptying trash," it still asks for my password. I will check to see if I have the trash files you alluded to.
Thanks,
Jim
When I run ls ls -al this is what I get:
login: Mon Jun 17 06:49:58 on console
james-pappass-mac-pro:~ mepappas$
Last login: Mon Jun 17 06:50:37 on ttys000
james-pappass-mac-pro:~ mepappas$ ls -al
total 88
drwxr-xr-x+ 23 mepappas staff 782 Jun 17 06:39 .
drwxr-xr-x 7 root admin 238 Jul 26 2012 ..
-rw------- 1 mepappas staff 3 May 22 2008 .CFUserTextEncoding
-rw-r--r--@ 1 mepappas staff 24580 Jun 15 05:51 .DS_Store
drwx------ 11 root staff 374 Jun 16 08:04 .Trash
-rw------- 1 mepappas staff 0 May 17 2012 .Xauthority
-rw------- 1 mepappas staff 18 Jun 17 06:40 .bash_history
drwx------@ 3 mepappas staff 102 May 23 2008 .cups
drwx------ 18 mepappas staff 612 Jun 17 06:50 .dropbox
drwxr-xr-x 3 mepappas staff 102 May 17 2012 .fontconfig
drwxr-xr-x 3 mepappas staff 102 Aug 10 2008 Backups
drwx------+ 5 mepappas staff 170 May 25 07:10 Desktop
drwx------+ 19 mepappas staff 646 Jun 17 06:25 Documents
drwx------+ 5 mepappas staff 170 Jun 11 06:25 Downloads
drwx------@ 23 mepappas staff 782 Jun 17 06:50 Dropbox
drwx------@ 57 mepappas staff 1938 Jun 11 16:07 Library
drwx------+ 4 mepappas staff 136 Jun 14 2011 Movies
drwx------+ 5 mepappas staff 170 Jul 17 2009 Music
-rw-r--r-- 1 mepappas staff 8164 Apr 30 06:18 NetBarrier Serial Number.pdf
drwx------+ 9 mepappas staff 306 Aug 15 2012 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x+ 6 mepappas staff 204 Aug 6 2008 Public
drwxr-xr-x+ 6 mepappas staff 204 May 10 2009 Sites
drwx------@ 20 mepappas staff 680 May 7 2012 iPhoto Library
james-pappass-mac-pro:~ mepappas$

When I run ~/.Trash in terminal this is what I get:
Last login: Mon Jun 17 06:52:25 on ttys000
james-pappass-mac-pro:~ mepappas$ ~/.Trash
-bash: /Users/mepappas/.Trash: is a directory
james-pappass-mac-pro:~ mepappas$
 
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derbothaus

macrumors 601
Jul 17, 2010
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Your Trash is owned by root for whatever reason. You can't write to it as your home user. Mine is owned by my user.
The easy way is to make hidden files visible.
In Terminal (all commands do not use apostrophe):
'defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true'
Then:
'killall Finder'

Navigate to .trash and cmmd-i for info.
Press the plus and add yourself as user with read/ write permission and then make yourself the owner. Verify it works.
Then in the shell:
'defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false'
and another:
'killall Finder'