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dwascou
Jan 19, 2006, 01:24 PM
Hello,

I have a Powerbook running OS 10.2.8 All of a sudden, my trash just won't empty - anything, locked, unlocked, anything at all. I've reset permissions, still, nothing. I did manage to empty my trash via a program called Cocktail, which I know some of you guys are familiar with, but it is striking me odd that I just can't empty the trash the good old fashion way.

Anyone have any guesses or suggestions?

Thanks!

-Danny



iPhil
Jan 19, 2006, 01:30 PM
Hello,

I have a Powerbook running OS 10.2.8 All of a sudden, my trash just won't empty - anything, locked, unlocked, anything at all. I've reset permissions, still, nothing. I did manage to empty my trash via a program called Cocktail, which I know some of you guys are familiar with, but it is striking me odd that I just can't empty the trash the good old fashion way.

Anyone have any guesses or suggestions?

Thanks!

-Danny


If a file is IN-use while you trashed the app from finder, the trash won't delete it so quit the app then try again..


edit: try holding option key while emptying the trash

dwascou
Jan 19, 2006, 01:33 PM
If a file is IN-use while you trashed the app from finder, the trash won't delete it so quit the app then try again..

Yeah, great suggestion, but that's not working out either. I could be running just the Finder and trash STILL won't empty. It won't empty anything at all.

Thanks for the advice though!

Any other thoughts?

Sogo
Jan 19, 2006, 01:37 PM
Yea, I recently had a file that refused to be deleted, so i used trash it (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8214) and it went away!

dwascou
Jan 19, 2006, 01:40 PM
Yea, I recently had a file that refused to be deleted, so i used trash it (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8214) and it went away!

The thing is, it's not just one file - its ANYTHING.

Even after I use Cocktail to delete something, the next time I put ANYTHING in the Trash Can, I can't delete it. I can't delete anything from the tiniest text file up to an application - nothing.

So it's not a stubborn file - its the trash application itself.

But thanks for the suggestion! Any other ideas?

iPhil
Jan 19, 2006, 01:42 PM
Yeah, great suggestion, but that's not working out either. I could be running just the Finder and trash STILL won't empty. It won't empty anything at all.

Thanks for the advice though!

Any other thoughts?


Try the option key while emptying the trash first, if then that doesn't work then go for Trash it @ http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8214

the trash it link is from sogo.. not me :o :o

jtalerico
Jan 19, 2006, 01:43 PM
instead of putting it into the trash, open up a terminal and do the rm command.

> rm filename

if that does not work do this..

>rm -rf filename

dwascou
Jan 19, 2006, 01:48 PM
instead of putting it into the trash, open up a terminal and do the rm command.

> rm filename

if that does not work do this..

>rm -rf filename

I'm not familiar with opening a terminal and doing a rm command. Will this then allow my trash can to work in the future?

I really should stress that it's not a specific file or files that is giving me the issue - its the actual trash application itself. I'd like to get it working so that I can just toss stuff into the trashcan and hit empty trash.

Do you think that if I upgraded my operating system to the current OS that I might be able to use the trash can again versus using programs like Cocktail or doing things like your above advice of opening a terminal?

Thanks for the help!
:)

-Danny

frankblundt
Jan 19, 2006, 02:01 PM
if you open the trash and Get Info on it are the permissions read & write for everyone? if not you'll need admin access to rest them.

frankblundt
Jan 19, 2006, 02:09 PM
and check the permissions for the .Trash folder in the root of your User folder too (search with invisble items turned on). You should be the owner with read & write, group and others = No Access.

Epicurus
Jan 20, 2006, 01:17 PM
I had that problem once. Every time I told it to empty the trash I could hear the little sound play, but the files stayed put. A simple reboot fixed it for me. :D

dsap4004
Apr 16, 2008, 06:06 PM
I know it's been a while since anyone has written a reply to this thread but I had the same problem with version 10.5.2. The trash just wouldn't empty any file. All I had to do was open the trash folder, right click, and under more, click enable folder actions. Maybe you got it fixed already but I didn't see a post about enable folder actions and that's what worked for me.

entwurf
Jul 25, 2008, 01:03 PM
I had the same problem, from my OSX partition i trash a file from the XP partition into the mac trash, then after, i didn't want to empty!

The solution was really in my face :eek:, i took the file from the trash back into the XP partition and it disapeared.

That's it

Entwurf

nomy
Sep 13, 2008, 11:53 PM
I am new to mac, this is old thread but i am still unable to solve this problem of emptying my trash. i have tried things mentioned in this thread but
somehow trash bin wont empty.
Although i am able to empty it through terminal commands and third party program.
Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Many thanks.

Qussai
Sep 28, 2008, 12:28 PM
For me , i tried all the above methods but my Trash is still full.

any help? i have also MAC OS X 10.5

durija
Sep 28, 2008, 06:52 PM
Just today, I could not empty the trash. I was logged into my everyday user account, which is not an administrator. I could not even open the Trash most of the time, and even then I could not select anything to "Get Info". Actually locked up to the point where only the power button got me out of it.

I changed the account to an administrator, and voila, trash be gone! I'm paranoid about security, but I think I'll have to just live with being an administrator at all times. Might work for someone else. Who knows?

Trip.Tucker
Sep 28, 2008, 06:55 PM
Hello,

I have a Powerbook running OS 10.2.8 All of a sudden, my trash just won't empty - anything, locked, unlocked, anything at all. I've reset permissions, still, nothing. I did manage to empty my trash via a program called Cocktail, which I know some of you guys are familiar with, but it is striking me odd that I just can't empty the trash the good old fashion way.

Anyone have any guesses or suggestions?

Thanks!

-Danny

Open a terminal.
cd
cd .Trash
rm -fr . (or rm -fr * )
exit

Open Disk Utilities
Repair permissions



...in that order.

eloisemcnulty
May 19, 2009, 10:16 AM
I had the same problem, and nothing seemed to work. Then I found this great web page, which I have forgotten (sorry), but I do remember how to fix the problem.

This technique uses a hidden feature of Mac OS X to force the Trash to empty.

1. Press and hold the mouse button on the Trash icon in the Dock. The context menu for Trash will display.
2. Press and hold the Option key (Alt key).
3. Select Empty Trash from the context menu for Trash.
4. Release the Option key.

Hope this helps.

karuha
Aug 13, 2009, 06:33 PM
open terminal and type this: rm -rf ~/.Trash/* and hit enter or return

krayziekray
Aug 13, 2009, 06:35 PM
open terminal and type this: rm -rf ~/.Trash/* and hit enter or return

This ^^^ ;)

coolboypie
Oct 4, 2009, 02:51 AM
hey mine dosent empty it get half way and stop nomatter what files i try :mad:

coolboypie
Oct 4, 2009, 02:55 AM
This ^^^ ;)

sor i just fixed it thanks this really works

afteryouwho
Feb 1, 2010, 02:33 PM
I had the same problem, and nothing seemed to work. Then I found this great web page, which I have forgotten (sorry), but I do remember how to fix the problem.

This technique uses a hidden feature of Mac OS X to force the Trash to empty.

1. Press and hold the mouse button on the Trash icon in the Dock. The context menu for Trash will display.
2. Press and hold the Option key (Alt key).
3. Select Empty Trash from the context menu for Trash.
4. Release the Option key.

Hope this helps.

I was going nuts trying to empty my trash and this fixed it in a flash.

Just to elaborate in hopes to help:
I am running Snow Leopard on a MacBook.
Suddenly when I went to empty the trash, I got a popup that gave me the option to do a secure empty. I had been doing this all the time but then I got a message saying that some files were locked (by whom?) and did I want to delete all files or only unlocked ones. I clicked on all files and then the emptying files pop up appeared, listed the number of files to delete and then disappeared without doing anything.
I followed the above advice and my trash is now empty.

Go figure.

Thanks again.

jman995x
Feb 16, 2010, 11:47 PM
I finally was able to empty my trash after trying everything listed above.

Here's all of the things that didn't work (for me), and the odd thing that I did that did work:

I kept getting the error message: The item ".Trash" is in use right now and cannot be opened.
I was about to lose my mind.


I have a program called "Smart Trash"...nope.
I tried "Super Empty Trash"...nope.
I ran some terminal commands followed by a Repair Disk Permissions...nope.
Option-Empty...nope.
I booted VMWare Fusion / XP, and did a CHKDSK...nope.
I tried creating an empty folder and dragging the files (17 of them) into the empty folder, then deleting the empty folder, but my computer wouldn't let me pull the files out of the trash and move them to the new folder.
I put the files into A Better Finder Rename and tried to rename them...nope
.

Then, I did something that you'd never think would solve the problem, but for some reason it did.

I opened up the trash, did a Cmd-A to select all, then a Cmd-I to find out how (collectively) big all of these files were and when my Mac tried to access the files to see their size, they disappeared.
I have no idea why that was the thing that worked, but my Trash is empty and the paper in my trash icon is gone.

Just thought I'd share this because I know there are others out there that have tried everything as well. I'm not promising this will work for you, but what have you got to lose, right?

J.

Gregg2
Feb 17, 2010, 08:05 AM
You:

I opened up the trash, did a Cmd-A to select all, then a Cmd-I to find out how (collectively) big all of these files were and when my Mac tried to access the files to see their size, they disappeared.


Your Mac: What files???

brn2ski00
Feb 17, 2010, 08:08 AM
instead of putting it into the trash, open up a terminal and do the rm command.

> rm filename

if that does not work do this..

>rm -rf filename

and if that doesn't work, try this command:

rm -r *

JUST KIDDING - dont do that!

kavon90
Feb 17, 2010, 10:55 AM
instead of putting it into the trash, open up a terminal and do the rm command.

> rm filename

if that does not work do this..

>rm -rf filename

Generally not a good idea to use f with the r flag all the time if you're working in terminal.

jman995x
Feb 17, 2010, 02:54 PM
You:


Your Mac: What files???

Sorry, I should've clarified.
When I first noticed that I still had the paper icon in my trash icon I opened up the trash and there was nothing there.
In the course of trying to get the paper icon to disappear through emptying the trash (thinking that there might be some hidden files in the trash that were preventing it from emptying), upon subsequent openings of the trash, magically 17 files reappeared, and then I couldn't get rid of them.
So, originally, no files...then magically files I deleted the day before reappeared and couldn't be deleted.

Sorry for the confusion.

J.

Gregg2
Feb 18, 2010, 08:22 AM
When I first noticed that I still had the paper icon in my trash icon I opened up the trash and there was nothing there.


That's the part I was joking about. Sorry if the humor was a bit abstruse.

jman995x
Feb 18, 2010, 12:05 PM
That's the part I was joking about. Sorry if the humor was a bit abstruse.

Duh...I get it now...you were playing the part of the Trash.

J.

Pinewood
Jun 3, 2010, 04:51 AM
I was unable to empty my trash and worked out that each update of the Evernote software prevents me from doing so. I find that if I remove the old Evernote from the trash can I can delete other files. Using Alt+empty trash does not work and NO WAY do I want to mess about in terminal mode (I want to use my computer, not know how it works!). OK so Evernote is free but I have contacted the company and they tell me to scan forums for a solution which is not really the answer.

Gregg2
Jun 3, 2010, 08:15 AM
So I'm guessing that Evernote does not have an uninstaller. (otherwise they'dve told you so) Download AppCleaner or another uninstaller. Put Evernote back in Applications, then try to "Clean" it.

GeeLuv
Nov 30, 2011, 02:26 PM
OK I had this problem for day's and tried various methods and app's on my MBP running 10.7. I finally used this Terminal command and it worked for me.

sudo rm -Rf ~/.Trash/*

after I hit return it asked for my password I typed it in (it won't show you your typing it BTW) hit return done. Good Luck.

milehigh
Jan 25, 2013, 10:05 AM
I had 103,000 files in my trash, and trash would not empty (system would hang).

I tried a few of the tricks mentioned, but what worked for me was to simply:


move everything out of trash into another folder
select a few hundred files/folders (I found if I did more than about 1,000 files at a time my system would crash {hang on the deleting part})
delete them
empty trash
rinse & repeat until all files are deleted and trash is empty


BTW, the Trash It! script didn't work for me.