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Trash unusable? Check directory ownership Desktop
After upgrading to 10.1, I could no longer move anything to the trash: I got a message that the items would be deleted immediately.

After a couple of days messing around, I solved the problem. The owner of my home folder (/Users/myname) was root; regaining ownership via this command in the terminal:

sudo chown myname myname
Replace 'myname' with your short user name. This changed things back to normal.

[Editor's note: Make sure you're in your home directory first if you haven't just launched the Terminal -- type cd and hit enter, then execute the above command.]
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Authored by: cj69collins on Oct 08, '01 07:55:18AM

I believe that command should be:

sudo chown myname ~myname

...or...

sudo chown myname /Users/myname

...in which case, you can be anywhere and execute the command on the intended target. Using the Command as stated above, you would need to be in /Users to execute. [Check using the command pwd.]



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