OSX trash/prefs etc

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by rbp, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. rbp macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2004
    Qs @ osX:

    1. how do I delete something from the garbage that won't go away? I have had this problem with disk aliases - folders that were generated when entire disks were being copied or backed up but needed to be trashed for some reason
    my garbage is always full now, only that one annoying little empty folder in it - how do I get rid of it?

    2. how do I find files to save when I need to wipe an osX disk and reinitialize - i.e. Safari prefs and links, that kind of thing
    I need to start over but don't want to be missing anything important

    (pls reply via email if you can spare a minute - rbp@4u2bu.org - don't know if I'll be able to find my way back here)

  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    Re: OSX trash/prefs etc

    You go to terminal (in your Applications > Utilities folder) and type in the following:
    sudo rm -rf 
    and dont forget to leave a space. Drag the file into the Terminal window. Press enter. Enter your admin password, and then voila :)
    Preferences are in your users folder. Open the Library folder, and find the Preferences folder. The one for Safari is called com.apple.Safari.plist The history stuff should be in the Library folder as well.

    If ya need more help, feel free to email me at jane_lee@mac.com or AIM: aaplgoddess (and there's always Jabber: jane_lee@jabber.org)
  3. rbp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2004
    OK here's what happened:

    Last login: Tue Feb 10 12:01:27 on console
    Welcome to Darwin!
    [rOLf-peCHUkass-Computer:~] rbp% sudo rm -rf /Volumes/120.BACKup/.Trashes/501/mdaklk /Volumes/120.BACKup/.Trashes/501/mklas
    rm: /Volumes/120.BACKup/.Trashes/501/mdaklk/$$$$

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