I am having some problems with my Desktop on a relatively new Lion install. I can't move folders around (when I try, the icon gets the slashed-O "no" symbol and they bounce back where they came from), and the "New Folder" menu item on Finder is grayed out (and, likewise, shift-cmnd-N does nothing).
I've tried the following:
Making sure the "View" "Sort by" setting is set to "None".
Checking permissions. "Get Info" shows all access control entries with "read and write" permissions (including "everyone" listed twice), and
drwxrwxrwx@ 31 username username 1054 Nov 23 23:25 Desktop
0: group:everyone allow list,add_file,search,add_subdirectory,readattr,writeattr, readextattr,writeextattr,readsecurity
I also ran "Repair File Permissions" on the main hard disk.
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plistfile, and having that regenerate after a restart.
Confirming that the Desktop is not locked, both through Finder "get info" (confirming that the "Locked" checkbox is not checked) and through
ls -lO(no flags listed).
Further, I have noticed that although I cannot create a new folder on the Desktop using shift-cmnd-N or the Finder menu, I can "mkdir" a new Desktop folder in the terminal.
Update: I may have found a clue -- the result of
xattr -l Desktop shows that the
com.apple.FinderInfo attribute is set, with bytes 9 and 10 set to
10 respectively. Is this normal? (By contrast, my older Mac has no attributes set on Desktop.)