Force delete/trash locked items?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Is there any way to force delete locked files, other than using terminal?

    Example, an unlocked folder has 20 different folders within it with a total of 300 locked files.

    I know how to mass unlock, but i was wondering if there is another way (key combo) to just get rid of them?
     
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    stoid

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    #2
    I know that there is a terminal way (rm something or other)

    Try, COMMAND-DELETE, does that do it, or does it give you a 'locked' error?
     
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    oldschool

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    #3
    i think you hold down option and command or just option and select empty trash.

    The whole key command would be command-option-shift-delete.
     
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    F/reW/re

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    #4
    It aint that hard doing it from the terminal.

    Open terminal
    write rm
    press space
    drag the folder you want to delete into the terminal window and press enter.
     
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    janey

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    #5
    uh no
    you go to terminal
    type in
    Code:
    sudo rm -rf (filename)
    and then type in your password (assuming you're an admin).
    rm wont work for locked things.
    make sure you dont do something stupid like "sudo rm -rf /" because then you'll get a foobar'd computer.
    ie on my powerbook if i wanted to delete a folder called blah on my desktop this is what it would look like in terminal (sorry i'm trying to remember from memory what it says):
    Code:
    Last login on ttyp1 at 12:39 blah blah blah
    Welcome to Middle Earth!
    jane@mordor.local:/ $ sudo rm -rf ~/desktop/blah
    Password:
    jane@mordor.local:/ $
     
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    virividox

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    #6
    you can get a program called modifier lite of version tracker lets you do all that and more
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Jun 10, 2003
    #7
    You can also try a program off of versiontracker called Force Delete. All you have to do is drag the problem file on the Force Delete icon and it will delete it.
     

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