trash and permission

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thumb, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. thumb macrumors 6502

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    Hi experts,

    I am trying to remove a large file from my desktop (1GB).

    it was the old user account from my Girlfriends laptop we put there as a backup when she switched computers.

    when i put it in the trash i cannot delete the file, it says that all of files are locked. when i try to change ownership or unlock the files, it says i do not have permisson for some of the files.

    is there a handy terminal line to force this issue? I am the admin on my computer. i tried rm -rf ~/.trash but again it listed many errors about lacking permission and did not delete the file.

    please help.

    thank you.
     
  2. thumb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    follow-up:

    ok, so the problem seems to be the locked files. there are many in many different files, but i can unlock them one image set at a time, but there are probably 100+ folders with 40+ images each. in each folder i can select all and unlock, but i cant seem to do it with folders and their contents. is there an easy way to do this?
     
  3. reh macrumors 6502a

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  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Dude, just hold OPTION down and empty trash.

    Boom. All locked files deleted.
     

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