Unable to delete .download file

Discussion in 'macOS' started by callison, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. callison macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I downloaded a .pdf file for a class, but there is a remnant of it still on my desktop.

    "*.pdf.download"

    When i try to drag it to the trash it will not go, saying "The item '*.pdf.download' can't be moved to the trash because it can't be deleted"

    If someone could help me delete this file or direct me to a link that would be awesome. Thanks for your time.

    EC
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    #2
    Try typing this into Terminal:

    rm ~/Desktop/\*.pdf.download
     
  3. callison thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    it returned this:

    rm: /Users/(my name)/Desktop/SOTL-publishingpg2.pdf.download: No such file or directory
     
  4. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    #4
    Is the file that you're trying to delete called "*.pdf.download" or "SOTL-publishingpg2.pdf.download"?
     
  5. GuerillaTech macrumors member

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  6. Eddy Munn macrumors 6502

    Eddy Munn

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    #6
    Open Terminal.app (/Applications/Utilities), then type: (hit return after each line)
    cd Desktop
    rm -rf filename.ext


    replace filename.ext with the file and extension.
     

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