Cant trash file, help!

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  1. markjones05 macrumors 6502a

    markjones05

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    #1
    I have this file on my desktop that i cant seem to trash. Whenever i try to do so a message comes up saying the file is being used by another task although it is obviously not. What should i do, how can i get it off my desktop? I know that you can boot up into classic and go to the desktop and erase it but i am trying to avoid classic because whenever i go there my computer seems to crash.
     
  2. zbug macrumors newbie

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    hey try these

    1) chk background proc see if its running
    2) log in on another acct and del it ?
    3) this always work :) log with roon and trash away :D
     
  3. timbloom macrumors 6502a

    timbloom

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    #3
    Make sure there are no apps running, also, try force-quitting the finder and then trashing that file again.

    If logging in as another user or rebooting does not fix it (which it should), you can use the terminal to do it

    type:
    sudo rm
    followed by the path to the file.

    but be sure you don't erase anything essential leaving just a '/' will erase your whole drive.
     
  4. markjones05 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

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    #5
    you can try going to the terminal
    and entering:
    cd desktop (or wherever the file is located)
    rm file name
    that should eliminate it.
    To make it clearer (i am in some pain from a fresh tongue piercing)
    if your file is pdf.pdf, and it is on your desktop...
    terminal
    cd desktop
    rm pdf.pdf
    exit

    let me know if this helps, and if any of those more versed in unix can better explain this, feel free.
    --carly
     
  6. markjones05 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    markjones05

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    i cant log in on a different account and access my desktop through the users folder. I even made the second login an admin and i still was unable to acess it. I am afraid to access the terminal cause i am unfamiliar with it and would need very specific instructions. It is an avi file.
     
  7. markjones05 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    markjones05

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    Well i went into the termianl anyway and managed to figure it out after about 10 different attempts. Any way thanx for the tips i wouldnt have been able to do it without them.
     
  8. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    This works every time, and is very simple --

    (in Terminal) type:

    sudo rm -r

    Make sure you put a space after the "r"

    Then drag the file into the Terminal window to copy its path.

    Hit enter. You may need to use your admin password.
    Sorry I didn't get here earlier, this really is the easiest way to kill a locked file. It's so easy it's one of the few Terminal commands I know by heart.
     
  9. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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