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Delete Skips Trash in OSX 10.7 (Lion)

Out of the blue, whenever I would drag files to the trash or hit Command+Delete to send them there, I was met with a password dialog box asking for permission to delete the files. Weird, I thought, but whatever. I entered my password and *poof* the files were deleted – permanently. They never went into the Trash; they just disappeared from my hard drive, never to be found again.

Normally that’s not a big deal. If I put something into the Trash, it’s because I don’t need it anymore. But, I sometimes make mistakes and appreciate the ability to go back and retrieve those accidental deletions.

Thinking it was a permissions problem, I used Disk Utility to repair permissions, but to no avail. Finally, I happened upon this article which suggested using Terminal to delete and recreate the Trash folder. It worked like a charm!

Here are the steps:

Open Terminal (it’s in your Utilities folder) and type (pressing return after each line):

[pl_raw][pl_codebox]sudo rmdir -rf ~/.Trash
(enter your password when asked)
mkdir ~/.Trash
killall Finder && open /System/Library/CoreServices/[/pl_codebox][/pl_raw]

Your Trash should be working normally now. Please don’t ask how it was corrupted in the first place – I have no idea!


What is the benchmark for authentic food?

First, the definition of authentic in this context: “made or done the same way as an original.” (…)

I’ll answer the benchmark question from the perspective of “Italian” but the principles can be extrapolated to any cuisine. You’ll find that benchmarking “authentic” requires one to have some historical and cultural perspective on the country/cuisine in question.

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