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Over the past few months I've had a couple cases of "zombie filenames" on my desktop (currently OS X 10.2.6). The file has long since been deleted, but the text of the filename, without an icon, occupies a spot on the desktop. If I click on it it disappears, but subsequent Finder activity causes it to reappear. Any idea where this is coming from and what to do to eliminate it? -- David Sewell, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA USA...

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    Default Zombie filenames on OS X desktop?

    Over the past few months I've had a couple cases of "zombie filenames"
    on my desktop (currently OS X 10.2.6). The file has long since been
    deleted, but the text of the filename, without an icon, occupies a spot
    on the desktop. If I click on it it disappears, but subsequent Finder
    activity causes it to reappear.

    Any idea where this is coming from and what to do to eliminate it?

    --
    David Sewell, University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA USA
    David Sewell Guest

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    Default Re: Zombie filenames on OS X desktop?

    On Thu, 03 Jul 2003 15:33:25 +0000, David Sewell wrote:
    > Over the past few months I've had a couple cases of "zombie filenames"
    > on my desktop (currently OS X 10.2.6). The file has long since been
    > deleted, but the text of the filename, without an icon, occupies a spot
    > on the desktop. If I click on it it disappears, but subsequent Finder
    > activity causes it to reappear.
    >
    > Any idea where this is coming from and what to do to eliminate it?

    no guarantees:
    you can try to open up terminal
    - then 'cd' to ~/Desktop
    - then 'rm .DS_Store'
    - then 'ls -la | more' to see if the file .DS_Store is gone.
    - hit control+c, then 'exit' terminal
    - quit finder then relaunch it.

    johnny bobby bee Guest

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    Default Re: Zombie filenames on OS X desktop?

    In article <pan.2003.07.03.20.40.34.201833mailexcite.com>,
    "johnny bobby bee" <steporemailexcite.com> wrote:
    >On Thu, 03 Jul 2003 15:33:25 +0000, David Sewell wrote:
    >
    >> Over the past few months I've had a couple cases of "zombie filenames"
    >> on my desktop (currently OS X 10.2.6). The file has long since been
    >> deleted, but the text of the filename, without an icon, occupies a spot
    >> on the desktop. If I click on it it disappears, but subsequent Finder
    >> activity causes it to reappear.
    >>
    >> Any idea where this is coming from and what to do to eliminate it?
    >
    >
    >no guarantees:
    >you can try to open up terminal
    >- then 'cd' to ~/Desktop
    >- then 'rm .DS_Store'
    >- then 'ls -la | more' to see if the file .DS_Store is gone.
    >- hit control+c, then 'exit' terminal
    Control-d or simply close the window.
    >- quit finder then relaunch it.
    >
    Kevin McMurtrie Guest

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    Default Re: Zombie filenames on OS X desktop?

    In article <pan.2003.07.03.20.40.34.201833mailexcite.com>,
    johnny bobby bee <steporemailexcite.com> wrote:
    > On Thu, 03 Jul 2003 15:33:25 +0000, David Sewell wrote:
    >
    > > Over the past few months I've had a couple cases of "zombie filenames"
    > > on my desktop (currently OS X 10.2.6). The file has long since been
    > > deleted, but the text of the filename, without an icon, occupies a spot
    > > on the desktop. If I click on it it disappears, but subsequent Finder
    > > activity causes it to reappear.
    > >
    > > Any idea where this is coming from and what to do to eliminate it?
    >
    >
    > no guarantees:
    > you can try to open up terminal
    > - then 'cd' to ~/Desktop
    > - then 'rm .DS_Store'
    > - then 'ls -la | more' to see if the file .DS_Store is gone.
    > - hit control+c, then 'exit' terminal
    > - quit finder then relaunch it.
    Nope--this doesn't get rid of the 'zombie'.

    --
    David Sewell, University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA USA
    David Sewell Guest

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    Default Re: Zombie filenames on OS X desktop?

    In article <bebqje$ma4$1murdoch.acc.Virginia.EDU>,
    [email]dsewellvirginia.edu[/email] (David Sewell) wrote:
    > In article <pan.2003.07.03.20.40.34.201833mailexcite.com>,
    > johnny bobby bee <steporemailexcite.com> wrote:
    > > On Thu, 03 Jul 2003 15:33:25 +0000, David Sewell wrote:
    > >
    > > > Over the past few months I've had a couple cases of "zombie filenames"
    > > > on my desktop (currently OS X 10.2.6). The file has long since been
    > > > deleted, but the text of the filename, without an icon, occupies a spot
    > > > on the desktop. If I click on it it disappears, but subsequent Finder
    > > > activity causes it to reappear.
    > > >
    > > > Any idea where this is coming from and what to do to eliminate it?
    > >
    > >
    > > no guarantees:
    > > you can try to open up terminal
    > > - then 'cd' to ~/Desktop
    > > - then 'rm .DS_Store'
    > > - then 'ls -la | more' to see if the file .DS_Store is gone.
    > > - hit control+c, then 'exit' terminal
    > > - quit finder then relaunch it.
    >
    > Nope--this doesn't get rid of the 'zombie'.
    You might try the tip here
    <http://www.osxfaq.com/dailytips/08-2002/08-14.ws>

    --
    Tom Stiller

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    Tom Stiller Guest

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    Default Re: Zombie filenames on OS X desktop?

    In article
    <tomstiller-C8B87B.10144207072003news.comcast.giganews.com>,
    Tom Stiller <tomstillercomcast.net> wrote:
    > > > On Thu, 03 Jul 2003 15:33:25 +0000, David Sewell wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Over the past few months I've had a couple cases of "zombie filenames"
    > > > > on my desktop (currently OS X 10.2.6). The file has long since been
    > > > > deleted, but the text of the filename, without an icon, occupies a spot
    > > > > on the desktop. If I click on it it disappears, but subsequent Finder
    > > > > activity causes it to reappear.
    > > > >
    > > > > Any idea where this is coming from and what to do to eliminate it?
    > > >
    > You might try the tip here
    > <http://www.osxfaq.com/dailytips/08-2002/08-14.ws>
    There are a couple of maintenance utilities around that might address
    this issue without the need to type Terminal commands or manually delete
    invisible files, eg Dragster, Jaguar Cache Cleaner, tail.

    <http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16804>
    <http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16494>
    <http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18282>
    --
    Lambert meis
    Lambert Dickmeis Guest

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