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# 22  
Old 12-21-2016
I've used it on many different Unix OS's. As I said, I'm talking generics here.

This page:


from this forum seems to indicate 'clri' is on OSX too. Perhaps not.

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See this too:

Is it possible to delete, let alone see, a file called "␀" on Windows 8? - Servers

Personally I don't know OSX enough to even attempt this. Repeat, I'm just talking generically and would not recommend non-pro's to even look at it.

You need to thoroughly understand how Unix filesystems work internally. You can blow your whole system up, just like that!
# 23  
Old 12-21-2016
I have no clri on my OSX. I guess the command was replaced by something else... I'll check if I find the time! Thanks anyway and maybe someone else comes up with another idea.
# 24  
Old 12-21-2016
According to the link I posted (about Windows 8), clri existed in OSX 10.6
Scroll down the page.

Whether a MAC can boot a 10.6 media DVD, mount the hard disk filesystem, and then use clri to nuke the inode, I have no clue. (It's the kind of thing I'd do on other OS's though.)
# 25  
Old 12-21-2016
For me it's not worth to try it out... In the next few days the system will be nuked completly anyway Smilie. I guess all my needed drivers and Logic plugins are now available on 10.12.X and I can go to the latest and greatest Mac OS (with all the new problems) and have sooo much fun Smilie.
# 26  
Old 12-21-2016
DukeNuke2, Here's the result of what you suggested.

djCUDA:ee macuser$ ls *T* | od -bc
0000000   342 220 200 111 116 111 124 120 151 143 153 145 162 040 062 056
           ␀  **  **   I   N   I   T   P   i   c   k   e   r       2   .
0000020   060 012                                                        
           0  \n                                                        

The file is very old, and so is probably from a pre-UNIX version of the Mac OS.

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Gull04, The OS won't let me re-name the file. IT tells me I "can't use that filename, try fewer letters and no punctuation".When I try calling it "x", I get the same message.

regards, David

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Hicks8, Here's the result of your suggestion:

djCUDA:ee macuser$ rm -i *
remove ␀INITPicker 2.0? Y
rm: ␀INITPicker 2.0: Invalid argument

Again, it doesn't like the NUL as the first character.

regards, David

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Originally Posted by DukeNuke2
I created a file with the same name as the OP and tried to delete it with every trick in the book. No luck! The problem is the "NUL" character at the begining which is a 3 byte character and nothing seems to work for that. I found a website which claims that this is a Mac OS 10.11.X only problem. Now I'm also stuck with that file... But in the next few days I will do a complete new install of 10.12.X and so I'm not concerned much, yet! Smilie

But I'm glad if someone is able to find a solution!
DN2, many thanks for your continued examination of this problem. I'm reluctant to install OSX 10.12 because of all my plug-ins, but I may be forced to choose between error messages on emptying the trash and updating the OS and hoping nothing breaks (yeah, right....].

regards, David

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Hicks8, I looked at the post you reference, and note that I'm not the first to have this problem. Still no solution, alas.

regards, David

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The offending file is in my trash. If I re-install OS X 10.11, will my existing user account be over-written, and so the trash associated with the account will be deleted, along with my rogue file?
# 27  
Old 12-21-2016
A re-install will only be successfull, if you do a complete new install and use timemachine to restore all files, except the files in question. For my new install I will do exactly that. Everything new and even no timemachine restore. Will take at least 2-3 days until that is done but I guess it is about time to do it anyways and have a fresh start...
# 28  
Old 12-21-2016
DN2, good luck!!!

regards, David
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