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    Question Trash Auto-Delete STILL Plaguing my MacBook
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MacSinceWayBack View Post
    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
    Mark in HD
    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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    Cool Trash Autodeletes PROBLEM SOLVED!
    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.

    MacSWB

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    glad you got it solved, and thnx for posting back the resolution
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacSinceWayBack View Post
    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.

    MacSWB
    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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