Can't move files to trash in Lightroom 5 (Macintosh)

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This is a follow-up to

Sometimes (under circumstances I don't quite understand) I get an error message when I try to move a photo to the trash from Lightroom. I have had this happen for both raw + xmp files (yesterday) and for tiffs (today). I keep my photos on an external thunderbolt disk. The error message says (approximately, I didn't write it down) "The file cannot be moved to the trash because the volume it is on does not support the trash. Delete the file immediately?"

I find that if I cancel the command in Lightroom, move the file into the trash by hand in the program "Path Finder" and then restore the file to its original place, the error goes away. I can then move the file in question, and any other file on my disk, to the trash from Lightroom.

This behavior has been reported by a number of users, so is probably not particular to my setup.

Let me know if I can help track down this bug.
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After I indicated that I have this problem too in this forum, I resolved the issue with some luck. First, I shut down LR. Then, on my external drive where I keep my images for LR, I created a new folder and named it Trash. I then moved one rejected image to that newly created folder from my collection of images that LR would not move to Trash. Finally, I relaunched LR, went to my collection of images to delete the images (Photo>Delete Rejected Photos), and everything went into the Mac's OS Trash (and not the newly created folder on my external HD). Success! I hope this solution remains. Only time will tell. Never had this problem until In stalled Yosemite.