Can't Delete "Unix Executable File"

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  1. maskedman macrumors newbie

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    Can't Delete "Unix Executable File". Gray Icon with green "exec"

    how do i get rid of these files?

    when i try to "Empty Trash" the reads, " operation can not be completed because item is in use". but it's not in use, it's labeled wrong. the system only thinks it's in use. it an old Extension File for an old Boot disk.
     
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  3. maskedman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can't Delete "Unix Executable File"

    yes, i've restarted several times. usually that works for a file in the trash that is in use but not it this case.
     
  4. bankshot macrumors 65816

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    You could move the file to your home folder, open up Terminal, and type rm -f "File Name".
     
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    So what is the name of the file (get info), and how did it get there in the first place?
     
  6. maskedman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i think the name of the file is irrelevant. there are several file all from the same old Disc Image for TechTool3. when i tried to copy this folder to another drive i got a message saying the files could not be copied because they were in use so i tried to delete them and it won't let me delete them because they are in use. but not really, they've been miss-marked as Unix files.

    i'll try the Terminal now.
     
  7. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    If you get really stuck, just boot into single user mode and delete it there.
     
  8. maskedman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what should i do while in Single User mode?
    What command will empty the trash?

    Resolution:
    After speaking with someone at Apple, who apparently lost my Apple Care Registration of which i have a copy, and who recommended the Genius Bar and/or reformatting my Hard Drive to solve this problem i noticed "Secure Empty Trash" under "Empty Trash" in the finder menu.

    "Secure Empty Trash" has deleted all of the unwanted "Unix Executable Files" lingering on my system OS 10.4.8
     

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