I recently found an old copy of Acrobat 5.0 on my drive. I dragged it to the trash and tried to empty it, but my computer (TiBook 1gig) crashed! My first real dark-screen-multi-lingual-notice-type crash since I went to OSX! Same crash when I try to use Onyx to force empty trash. I've tried secure empty too - same thing. Each time I restart and the damn thing's still sitting in the trash. I've had no problems deleting other files and no other notable symptoms of strangeness.
What gives? Any thoughts? Should I try to delete it in Terminal (don't really know how, mind you)? Nuke it with something? It's just sitting smugly on my desktop at the moment. Waiting for me to try again. Sneering. I just know it.
Unfortunately, none of the above worked. when I tried to delete via Terminal as suggested above, exicuting the last command caused the dreaded crash again. When I 'get info' on this file, permissions say that I can 'read and write', but that ownership is 'system', and is locked. Though the file itself (check box at the top of info window) is not locked, it seems.
A strange mystery. I suppose I could just leave it tucked somewhere on my drive and forget it, but I wonder what it means and if there might be some other underlying problem. Strange.
When I 'get info' on this file, permissions say that I can 'read and write', but that ownership is 'system', and is locked. Though the file itself (check box at the top of info window) is not locked, it seems.
Try this and paste the contents into a new message here:
1.) open terminal session
2.) sudo -s (hit return and type in admin password)
3.) cd ~/.Trash
4.) ls -lo -R * > ~/trash_file.txt (this will create a text file in your home directory)
5.) Open the text file in your home directory and paste the contents of the file into a message here (or email me offline if you'd prefer) so I can have a look at it.
The other thing you can try is to "click on the lock on the get info" and change the owner from system to you
To do this from the terminal, do the following:
1.) sudo -s (hit return and type in admin password)
2.) cd ~/.Trash
3.) chown -R you_user_name (this will change the ownership recursively to you)
4.) chmod -R 770 * (this will change the execution permissions recursively on the folder)
5.) rm -r * (hopefully this will work as well)