Deleting files in finder is now permanently deleting the files (i.e. basically doing rm filename) and is not moving the items to trash. How do I fix this behavior? I like being able to undo my deletes.


Check what the permissions and owner for ~/.Trash/ are:

$ ls -led ~/.Trash
drwxr-xr-x  39 lauri  staff  1326 Apr 17 02:49 /Users/lauri/.Trash

If the owner is root, run sudo chown $USER ~/.Trash. If the permissions are for example dr-xr-xr-x instead of drwxr-xr-x, run chmod 755 ~/.Trash.

  • The permissions were all right, so this didn't actually solve my question. It turns out that in the end, a good old "windows solution" reboot was all that was needed. Nevertheless, thank you for the heads up. I didn't think to check the permissions. – Michael Wu Apr 20 '14 at 1:22

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