I can't empty the trash anymore :(

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  1. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

    Benjamindaines

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    I can no longer empty the trash through finder. I put something in and tell the trash to be emptied, the warning message comes up and the crumpling sound is made but the contents of the trash remain. I can empty via Terminal using sudo rm -rf ~/.trash/* but not through finder. Any ideas?

    --Thanks
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    What's in there that won't get trashed? Always the same thing or different things?
     
  3. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Anything, there's nothing that would be locked and cause the trash not to empty. I can put anything in and it will do the same thing.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Does this happen if you're logged in as another user?
     
  5. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    No. Hmmmm well that rules out Apple's universal solution for any kind of problem.... (archive install)

    EDIT: Oh wow, how could I be so stupid It doesn't happen when logged into other users. Wow, talk about a stupid typo.
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think that's ruled out, that just an extreme step that should be last in the list of troubleshooting, and unfortunately comes up far too early.

    Well, take a look at what is in /.Trashes/

    I suspect it something in there that is causing the problem across all users.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Also, what are the permissions and ownership of .Trashes?

    Code:
    d-wx-wx-wt    2 root      admin          68 Sep 28  2003 .Trashes
    This is what I have.
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yes... this might be one of those few and special occasions where repairing permissions actually does some good.
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Can permission be changed on a sticky-bitted directory?
     
  10. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I've done that but not no avail.

    Also if you haven't seen my edit do look, I messed up, it doesn't happen when logged in another user.
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    In that case, look in your user-specific trash folder --

    ~/.trash (where ~ is your home directory).

    See if there's anything in there -- it wouldn't necessarily get deleted when you go to delete /.Trashes from the terminal. If so, you might be able to sudo rm -rf the files that're inside ~/.trash (very carefully, of course! ;) ).
     
  12. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, that's what I've been doing to delete the trash since I can't do it from Finder.
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, sorry, then look in the other trash folder.... /.Trashes ?
     
  14. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's empty.
     
  15. rwk001 macrumors member

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    ? hard drive directory problem

    I had something similar happen to me, and it was a sign of impending HD corruption, which rendered my entire HD inoperable. You may want to backup your stuff before doing too much more. For me, it finally died and wouldn't mount again after trying to run disk utility.
     
  16. Peace macrumors P6

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    A few questions..

    Are you using a haxie?
    What version of OS X
    Are you logged in as the default user that is set up when you install Tiger?
    Why are you using finder to empty the trash? Why not just click on the trash icon in the dock.
     
  17. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    1. No
    2. 10.4.6
    3. Yes
    4. Right clicking the trash bin and going Finder > Empty Trash do the exact same thing.
     
  18. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Emptying trash is a function of the Finder, so try moving the user's Finder prefs (when logged in as another user) and then log back in as yourself and see if it still happens.
     
  19. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    No luck :(
     
  20. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

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    Did you try restarting?

    Sorry if you did I only skimmed the thread.
     
  21. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yup
     
  22. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Going back to this...it seems like a long shot to me, but try booting off the install DVD and doing Repair Disk from Disk Utility, or running fsck in single user mode....
     
  23. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thank you all so much for your help, I just fixed it. Here's what I did...
    I opened Terminal and typed rm -rf ~/.trash then restarted Finder and everything worked. What that did was remove the Trash directory and then restarting Finder made a new one. :)
     
  24. bigandy macrumors G3

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    do i sniff a potential Mac Guide?

    would be useful for others with the problem...
     

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