>On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at 01:52 PM, Robert Covington wrote: > >> >>On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at 01:19 PM, Ted Spencer wrote: >> >>>In a very characteristic lapse, I had my program automatically >>>create a file on the desktop (OS 9.2.1) whose name included the >>>results of TIME$, with its colons. Things have gone from bad to >>>worse ever >> since: >>> >>>-> All "Open" dialogs in all applications show no possibilities >>>(other than a grayed-out trash) when navigated to the desktop, not >>>even the drive on which the desktop lives, so navigating back away >>>from the desktop is no longer possible. >>> >>>-> Where did the file with the colons in it go? >> >>Sounds like you did a colon blow of a file name...that's an illegal >>character, because it specifies pathnames. > >Of course... >> >>You need to whack that file. > >Of course... >> >>If you can remember the filename, try running an FB program that >>assumes that the file is there and does a rename of it to something >>generic? (ResEdit a help?) > >ResEdit acts like all other apps: navigating to the desktop produces >the blank window with the grayed-out trash and nowt else. It's >necessary to quit resedit (or any other) and open it with an >already-existing file to be able to do anything. > >Since the time was part of the file name, I neglected to make note >of the second at which these sins occurred. In fact, it was in the >midst of a long calibration cycle, and I know the time to within an >hour or so. Lots of room for trial and error. > >Why didn't Staz prevent me from doing that? It's the compiler's fault. >> >>Amazing problem you have come up with. 5 Stars. :) > >Thank you. > >The OS9 CD won't even allow me to do a clean install because of >something it found wrong with some finder file. Splendid. > >I trashed all the finder files in the system folder except "Finder". >Maybe I should trash that? Have you tried the DiskWarrier route? I should think it would recognize a problem and attempt to correct it. Short of that, what about a desktop rebuild? e-e =J= a y "