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Can't delete file in OSX 10.5.8

I have a file in the drop box of my laptop running OSX 10.5.8 I have copied it to the appropriate folder (Music) but it will not permit me to delete it from the drop box folder.

When I try to send it to the trash, it says it is locked. When I go to Get Info, it shows it locked but that area is grayed out. Even when I open the padlock with the password, it stays gray.

This isn't a major problem, but I would like to get rid of this file because it's annoying when I can't get a computer do do what I tell it. Wink Every time I see it, it reminds me that the computer has gotten the best of me.

Thanks for any ideas.

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Two ideas

Two ideas... The first is to use Disk Utilities and run a fix permissions operation. Sometimes that will clear this sort of thing up.

If not, then the second idea is to use the Unix underpinnings of OS X to force the deleting of the file, but let's cross that bridge if the fix permissions operation doesn't resolve it.

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And a third idea

And a third idea is to look for a free app called "What's Keeping Me." There's even a link to it at Cnet, and also at apple and versiontracker and macupdate and lifehacker and more places. It's worked very well for me in OS X 10.5.8.
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