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Can't place items in trash without entering username & passw

by cukamp / June 19, 2012 8:59 AM PDT

Every time I move an item to the Trash or click on the Delete button I receive the message "Finder wants to make changes. Type your user name and password to allow this". When I enter them & click OK the item is immediately deleted, i.e. it doesn't show up in the Trash. What's going on & how can I stop this? 15" MacBook Pro, OS 10.7.4.

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Clarification Request
Did you move these items from another
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 19, 2012 9:47 PM PDT

computer or a Hard Drive that used to be connected to different computer?


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by cukamp / June 20, 2012 12:56 AM PDT

Just recently started asking for username & password every time I try to move anything to trash then when I enter username & password the trash is immediately deleted

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Usually this happens when data is moved from one machine
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 20, 2012 11:57 AM PDT
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to another.

Try Repairing Permissions, from the Disk Utility, and see if that makes any difference


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Permissions Repair Didn't Help
by cukamp / June 20, 2012 1:37 PM PDT

I've repaired permissions, run Disk Warrior & TechTool Pro all to no avail.

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Create a new Admin account and log on with it
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 20, 2012 9:42 PM PDT

Try deleting a few things.

Same problem?


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Problem Solved
by cukamp / June 22, 2012 7:02 AM PDT
Happy Thanks to Christopher Kessler the following solved the problem.
"This problem is because your account's hidden trash folder has been altered so you cannot access it. To clear this problem, open the Terminal utility in the /Applications/Utilities folder and run the following command (be sure to copy and paste the command exactly as-is):

sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash

Once this command has been run, provide your password when prompted and then try deleting a file again."
Thanks Topher
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this works fine
by iklash / November 19, 2012 5:31 PM PST
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this worked for me, very easy, thanks a lot

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by srg727 / January 3, 2013 1:23 AM PST
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Worked like a charm.
Is this inherent in Mountain Lion?

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I tried it
by manuelbaca1 / March 18, 2013 2:02 PM PDT
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I tried it and here's what I get:

sudo: /private/etc/sudoers is mode 0644, should be 0440
sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, quitting

I have no idea what that means and I'm still having the problem.

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