Item in Trash cannot be trashed??

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by FunkyPurple, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. FunkyPurple macrumors newbie

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    It says the operation cannot be completed because the item is locked. I've searched hi and low to find a way to unlock the file but I haven't been able to. What should I do? :confused:
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Hold down Option and then select Empty Trash from the Finder menu.
     
  3. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    When I get that I usually try a secure empty trash. I don't know why but it seems to work.
     
  4. coconn06 macrumors regular

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    Worse comes to come, just open up the Terminal and type "rm -rf ~/.Trash/*" which will delete all items in your trash. Or "rm -rf ~/.Trash/file" to delete only the file or directory "file" from the Trash.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    For the record, the -r flag isn't needed if it's a single file. The -r flag is for recursively removing given directory hierarchy.
     
  6. coconn06 macrumors regular

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    That's why I said file OR directory. I included -r to cover both cases. Next time read what I wrote (you even quoted it!) before commenting.
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Yep, see that now. Decaf. Seriously. Try it.
     
  8. t300 macrumors 6502a

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    Most of the time you can just restart and then it will let you delete it.
     
  9. FunkyPurple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried the 'hold down option' suggestion first and it worked like a charm. Thanks Yellow for that one and thanks to everyone else for your suggestions. I love this site! :D
     
  10. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

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    there is also a program called delete it on versiontracker that has worked flawlessly for me a few times. But option delete is easier.
     

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