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Trash problems: Files disappear after moving to trash


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Hey all,

I have a problem with my trash as it seems.
I checked the forums and saw a lot of people before me had problems putting their trash in the trash bin, alltho with those people it gave a warning that the item would be deleted right away.

Here is my problem:

As soon as I try to move something to the trash, I hear the empty trash sound (without giving a warning, and yes i checked the warning under prefences ) and when i check the trash can, nothing's in there. Also, my disk space doesn't increase, so it doesn't actually remove the file from the hard drive. *edit: It does remove it from the directory it was when deleting!

I tried things that helped people with (merely) similar problems found on this and other forums, including repairing disk permissions, remaking the .Trash and .Trashes folders, removing com.apple.finder.plist (prefences file) but nothing seems to work! I'm about to reinstall OSX alltogeather, but please if any of you has some other suggestions let me know!

Thanx,

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Does this help by any chance?
Wierd trash can behaviour
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Nope, unfortunately it doesn't
That's btw one of the posts i already tried
But thanx for your effort m8!

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I am experiencing the exact same problem! I am running MAC OS X 10.7.4. Did you find a way to solve it out? I have tried many pieces of advice that I found on the internet but none of them fixed my problem.
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Actually you don't need to delete the .Trash folder. The problem is you probably don't have read/write permission for it.
Open a Terminal and type: ls -la
Should look something like this: drwx------ 2 staff 68B Aug 28 13:54 .Trash/
If not type: sudo chmod +w ~/.Trash
That should fix it.

Edit: those are lower case L's in the first command

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The first thing didn't work out for me, the sentence you mentioned did not appear. I tried the other way, but after typing my password the sentence appeared:
chmod: /Users/louisedrivsholm/.Trash: No such file or directory

Do you know why this happens? It is pretty frustrating!
Thank you for your help, btw!
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What exactly comes up when you type ls -la ? Copy and paste here if necessary.

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when i type 'ls - la' (copying it from you) all of this appear:
total 5360
drwxr-xr-x 30 501 501 1020 3 Aug 14:33 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 root admin 170 11 Apr 18:44 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 4 3 Maj 2007 .CFUserTextEncoding
-rw-r--r--@ 1 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 24580 29 Aug 10:28 .DS_Store
-rw------- 1 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 978 30 Aug 08:51 .bash_history
drwx------ 3 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 102 22 Dec 2007 .cups
drwxr-xr-x 11 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 374 5 Aug 2008 .dvdcss
-rw-r--r--@ 1 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 1218 31 Jul 2008 .esk1217539922.tmp
drwxr-xr-x@ 5 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 170 20 Feb 2011 .jenny
-rw-r--r--@ 1 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 220 27 Maj 2008 .jupload.properties
drwxr-xr-x 4 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 136 27 Maj 2011 .mcf
drwxr-xr-x 3 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 102 6 Jun 2011 .mplayer
drwxr-xr-x 3 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 102 10 Jul 2011 .nbprofiler
drwxr-xr-x 3 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 102 10 Jul 2011 .netbeans
drwxr-xr-x@ 5 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 170 2 Sep 2009 .oces
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 102 21 Aug 2010 .oces2
drwx------ 3 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 102 13 Dec 2011 .ssh
drwxr-xr-x@ 2 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 68 6 Jul 2008 CDCARDS
drwx------ 9 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 306 29 Aug 11:16 Desktop
drwx------ 7 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 238 29 Jul 12:08 Documents
drwx------ 10 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 340 29 Aug 16:44 Downloads
drwx------@ 55 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 1870 29 Aug 16:48 Library
drwx------ 5 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 170 25 Apr 11:05 Movies
drwx------ 6 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 204 30 Okt 2011 Music
drwx------ 10 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 340 27 Maj 20:21 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x 6 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 204 25 Apr 10:43 Public
drwxr-xr-x 3 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 102 17 Jun 2008 Shared
drwxr-xr-x 6 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 204 22 Okt 2007 Sites
-rw-r--r--@ 1 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 1646100 24 Aug 16:41 danid.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 louisedrivsholm louisedrivsholm 1049533 17 Nov 2011 danid.log.1

do you know what it means?
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It appears you don't have a Trash. Did you delete it as per previous posts? If so did you do a restart?
Do a restart and if still no Trash, open Terminal and type: mkdir .Trash
What that does is make a Trash directory and the preceding period makes it invisible to Finder, the way it's supposed to be.

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Actually I found another way to fix it! Somehow I did not have permission to 'read and write', only to 'read'. I changed that and now it is possible for me to put documents etc. in the trash bin without them being automatically deleted! But thank you for all of your help!

Is it btw. a problem that I dont have a trash as you describe? Do I have to follow your instructions anyways? - just to be sure. Would you recommend that?
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Depends on what OS you're running. I don't know about Lion or MLion and what they have.
Snow Leopard and below actually have 2 trashes - .Trash in the home folder and .Trashes for network drives (usb, ethernet etc)

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