Where does the Trash can go?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Infrared, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    In my home folder there's a directory '.Trash'. If I delete
    stuff, it goes in there. That seems straightforward enough.

    But... when I log out the directory vanishes. If I go to the
    folder as root, say, and type 'ls -a' (the '-a' isn't necessary
    as root, but let's put it in there to be double-sure), it isn't
    there (or seen to be there). So, where does it go? :)

  2. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    Ok, it looks like the '.Trash' directory only disappears if it's
    empty when I log out. I'm assuming the OS does that and
    recreates it when I log in again. Seems a bit odd, but that's
    how it looks to me. Unless, that is, it's some sort of special
    directory - that is, not a normal unix file.

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