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OS 10.4 - Trash Auto-Delete STILL Plaguing my MacBook


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I have a problem with my trash can automatically emptying anything I put into it, iow it no longer functions as a safe 'holding bin'. I have received two replies with two different programming instructions. One was "rm -rf ~/.Trash" then "killall Finder" which had no effect. The other was "mkdir~/.Trash" then "sudo chmod 700~/.Trash" which prompted the following message:

"We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.

Password:"

The password area for some reason is non-responsive. Need I add that I am totally new to OS X? and am unused to getting into the guts of the programming?

What can I do short of reinstalling the whole OS?

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I have a problem with my trash can automatically emptying anything I put into it, iow it no longer functions as a safe 'holding bin'. I have received two replies with two different programming instructions. One was "rm -rf ~/.Trash" then "killall Finder" which had no effect. The other was "mkdir~/.Trash" then "sudo chmod 700~/.Trash" which prompted the following message:

"We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.

Password:"

The password area for some reason is non-responsive. Need I add that I am totally new to OS X? and am unused to getting into the guts of the programming?

What can I do short of reinstalling the whole OS?

Feeling Daunted
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It's actually not non-responsive. It's supposed to keep on looking like a solid gray box one character wide.
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That I did not know. THANK YOU Discerptor! So, NOW I have this:

usage: chmod [-fv] [-R [-H | -L | -P]] [-a | +a | =a [i][# [ n]]] mode|entry file ...

Should I reboot? I haven't rebooted for daaays and my trash can is still eating everything I put in it.
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This is intriguing, because your trash bin is behaving as if you have Compost installed:

http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macg...post/index.php

This is another link where it explains that a size limit put on Trash Can will empty it out Automatically. In his case, he prefered it that way. Maybe you can find out where to look for problems.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.p...61022114138978

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Many thanks to those forum members who advised me on this problem.

Your time and efforts are appreciated even though, unfortunately in this case, they were to no avail. I did, however, find the solution outside of this venue. It was suggested by a member of another Mac forum, one who, ironically enough, designed a script to do precisely what my MacBook was doing without one. Mr Armstrong directed me to the following URL:

http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.ht...or-Files-46919

It was the key to it all.

Thank you, again.

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glad you got it solved, and thnx for posting back the resolution

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Many thanks to those forum members who advised me on this problem.

Your time and efforts are appreciated even though, unfortunately in this case, they were to no avail. I did, however, find the solution outside of this venue. It was suggested by a member of another Mac forum, one who, ironically enough, designed a script to do precisely what my MacBook was doing without one. Mr Armstrong directed me to the following URL:

http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.ht...or-Files-46919

It was the key to it all.

Thank you, again.

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Great link. You never know when I may need it.

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Have you tried running the disk utility application and repair permissions?

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