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Some application or action is deleting my ~/.Trash directory. I obviously don't know when this happens, save for the "Are you sure you want to delete..." dialog box.

I can restore the Trash, by restarting the Finder, as per this question, but I would like to figure out what is doing this.

Is there a way to monitor a directory (i.e., .Trash) and determine when it changes? So when my Trash is deleted, I'll know.

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This will display every file deletion on your system. If you want to only display the deletion of "~/.Trash", add | grep .Trash to the last command.

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  • Do I start this process and leave it running? Then wait for .Trash to show up?
    – kmm
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 23:37
  • Yes, you need to keep this running. Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 9:27
  • This link is dead, making this answer useless, can anyone update it?
    – oarfish
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 6:05
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you can do this from the Terminal.app

sudo fs_usage -f filesys | grep ~/.Trash

will list all processes what accessing Trash - try it - enough click on the Trash icon and you will get tens of line for "Finder".

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