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How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 01:04:36 GMT

I have a file listed in my Preferences folder which contains bizarre
characters, has no icon, disappears when I click on it, and can't be
deleted, even from the terminal.  I discovered it because it was
causing an error which prevented me from migrating my account to a new
MacBook Pro.  (Grrrrr!)

So, I ran disk utility, which found problems and appeared to fix
them.  But now this file is in the trash, and I still can't get rid of
it no matter what I do, and it's STILL preventing me from migrating
the account to the new computer.    Does anyone know how to get rid of
this ghost?


Jeanne


Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby John Rethorst » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 01:23:01 GMT

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See if EasyFind's Destroy command works on it.  http://www.**--****.com/ 

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Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Michelle Steiner » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 02:14:54 GMT

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How did you try to remove the file?  Did you try Secure Delete?  Did you 
try using a third-party shredding application?  Did you try it from the 
command line?

Did you try shutting the computer down and rebooting, and then removing 
the file?

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Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 03:22:10 GMT





I tried Delete, Secure Delete, Permanent Eraser (a third-party
shredding app), and "rm -rf" from the command line.  None of them seem
to be able to find it because it's not really there.


>> Did you try shutting the computer down and rebooting, and then removing
>> the file?

Yup - again, no luck.


Jeanne

>>
>> --
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Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 03:22:44 GMT






Thanks for the suggestion; I tried it, but EasyFind can't even find
the file because it's not really there!


Jeanne


Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 03:28:02 GMT







Update: I got EasyFind to find the file and tried to Destroy it, but
it had no effect.  :(

Jeanne


Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 04:04:40 GMT

If it helps, the full name of the file (which I get from typing the
first bit and then the tab key in the terminal) appears to be

com.apple.La\305\265nchServices.plist

When I just do "ls", the \305\265 bit shows up as two question marks.
And in the Finder, it looks like a w with a carat over it.


Jeanne


Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jim Gibson » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 04:15:03 GMT

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So what happens when you run the Terminal application, cd to the folder
containing the file, and type the following:

  rm -i com.apple.La??nchServices.plist

or

  rm -i com.apple.*.plist

?

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Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 04:50:30 GMT


> rm -i com.apple.La??nchServices.plist
>>
>> or
>>
>> rm -i com.apple.*.plist>
>>
> ?


It responds with:

tcsh: rm: No match.



Jeanne


Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jolly Roger » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 05:04:49 GMT

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Did you run Disk Utility again to make sure it finds NO problems before 
proceeding?  If not, do so.

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Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby nospamatall » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 05:06:52 GMT




If you are still able to move the file, try making a new directory, then
moving the file into it, the do rm -r on the new dir. I don't understand
why but that has worked in the past.

Andy

Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 05:07:21 GMT




Yup, I did that too.

Jeanne


Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jolly Roger » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 05:08:08 GMT

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I worry you have some kind of {*filter*} disk corruption going on there for a 
file name to get clobbered like that. You should definitely make sure 
your disk is healthy before proceeding.

Have you tried this?:

1. Open a terminal window.
2. "cd" into the preferences folder.
3. Type: rm com.apple.La
4. Press the Tab key on your keyboard to auto-complete the name.
5. Press the Return key on your keyboard.

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Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby M. » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 06:28:07 GMT




I read about this type of problem on some other list - it appears that the
text encoding of filenames can get corrupted.

The Unix/OS-X gurus there tried every possible attempt, but to no avail. In
the end there were just two more suggestions:

1) DiskWarrior often reports damaged/missing text encodings in filenames and
offers to repair it, if you allow it to replace the directory. If you have
it, it is worth a try (the person on the other list didn't have it, so I
don't know if this will work).

But the solution sounds reasonable, because DiskWarrior will not modify the
existing directory, but create a new copy (including all accessible files
then with valid names) and entirely replace the old one.

2) The only other suggestion was to use OS9. If you can boot (I didn't
follow this thread from the beginning, so I don't know your specs) just do
it and delete it there (be careful not to kill anything else). If you can't,
then try to get/borrow an OS9 machine with firewire, boot your Mac in
firewire target mode, mount it on the OS9 Mac and then delete it.



Re: How to delete ghost preference file?

Postby Jeanne » Thu, 10 Jan 2008 06:37:30 GMT





I thought of that; I have DiskWarrior 3.0.3 and OS 10.4.11 on a
Powerbook G4.  Diskwarrior claims that version 3.0.3 will run on OS
10.4; anyone know if this is still true with 10.4.11?  I made a half-
hearted attempt to boot from the DiskWarrior CD, and it whirred and
chugged for ages without ever booting, which made me wonder if I might
need DiskWarrior 4.  Maybe I'll try again and wait longer to see if it
ever boots.


I have an older Powerbook that can boot OS 9; if DiskWarrior doesn't
work I'll try this.  Thanks for the suggestions; I'll let you know if
either one works!


Jeanne


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