Cannot "Move to Trash"

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  1. cr2sh macrumors 68030

    cr2sh

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    #1
    I've got an .sit document on my desktop that I downloaded, its a game that came off Apple.com. Well anyways, the file is corrupt and it will not expand properly, so I tried to delete it... well it gives me an error :

    "The item is being used by another task right now. (Other tasks include moving, copying, or emptying the trash.) Try again when the other task is complete."

    So I close down every application I have open, its just me and finder... and it still will not "move to trash".. gives me the same error. I emptied my trash.. still the same error.

    What is going on and how do I delete this file? Thanks.
     
  2. johnnowak macrumors 6502

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    open the terminal

    type "sudo rm -rf " (yes, space after the 'f')

    drag the file onto the terminal window

    hit return

    enter your admin password and hit enter

    gone!
     
  3. cr2sh thread starter macrumors 68030

    cr2sh

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    that's so cool... i gotta buy a book to learn this stuff
    thanks!
     
  4. BenWakin macrumors member

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  5. bograt macrumors member

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    Re: Cannot "Move to Trash"

    Well someone else has already answered how to delete it, so I will cover what is going on.

    This file I could have looked smart and told you it was a download, the reason for this is because downloads when they are not properly finished mess up a little and become corrupt or something similar. In essence it is down to not being properly downloaded (no fault of anyone, it just happens). I had a file on my otherwise clear desktop for a few months before I found information on what the problem was.
     
  6. pauld macrumors regular

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    in relation to files not deleting...
    Quite often when I drag a file to trash the dock wont appear so i have to "turn hiding off" and then bin it.
    No big deal, but it shouldn't happen, right?

    Right?
     
  7. evolu macrumors regular

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    what if doing this still doesn't get rid of the file?
     
  8. cr2sh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    But it did get rid of the file...
    I'd guess you're doing it wrong. Try harder! :)
     
  9. johnnowak macrumors 6502

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    Have fun reformatting. :)
     

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