Trash problem password required

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    Trash problem password required

    I've been using an iMac 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 for 15 months, OS10.8.5

    A recent re-install has resulted in a password being required to move a file to trash. It doesn't matter where the file comes from, the Mac HD or external HDs.

    Previous re-installs have not created this problem.

    Tried:
    Repair permissions
    Allowed read & right in home and user folders.

    Would appreciate any advice.

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    It sounds like the root user has taken over control of the .Trash Folder. The root user is a special account that has FULL control over the operating system, even more than an Administrator account. After doing some digging, you could try the following Terminal commands to take back control of the .Trash folder:


    1. Click on the Spotlight (magnifying glass in top right), type “Terminal” and press enter.
    2. Type the following command replacing “your_user_name” with your user name.
      sudo chown your_user_name ~/.Trash
    3. You will need to enter your password and press Enter.
      • It won’t show any characters when you type.
      • If you do not have a password then set one first.

    If you are presented with the following error: “No such file or folder” then do the following:

    1. Type the following command:
      mkdir ~/.Trash
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