Trash won't empty

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by jtgotsjets, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

    jtgotsjets

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    When I (secure) emptied my trash just now, the trash icon still showed something there.

    I checked, and two documents with no extensions and gibberish names and taking up 0KB space had appeared. I tried (normal) emptying and they were "in use" I tried secure, and they dissappeared, only to be immediately replaced with two similar files (different names, but still gibberish).

    What are these files and how can I get rid of them?
     
  2. mcarvin macrumors regular

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    Give Onyx a shot. Some will also recommend Panther Cache Cleaner or Cocktail. Others will tell you to go into the Terminal and do some rm goodness, but I'm not the best typer so I avoid that when possible.
     
  3. jtgotsjets thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea, I was actually expecting a terminal answer...

    Trying OnyX now.........

    OnyX seems to get rid of one of the files, but gives me an error before it finishes.
    (attached is the error)
     

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  4. solaris macrumors 6502a

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    Open Terminal, then navigate to the folder and type rm filename ;)
     
  5. jtgotsjets thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i rarely use terminal, how do i navigate to the trash?
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    cd ~/.Trash
    rm -rf <filename>
     
  7. jtgotsjets thread starter macrumors 6502

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    "rm: Wa6yRIOMdW7L9I: Device busy" is all I get.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Try this:

    restart the compter

    then:
    mv ~/.Trash/<filename> ~/
    cd
    rm -rf <filename>


    Note: there is a space between <filename> and ~/
     
  9. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    I'd recommend restarting your computer, then try and emptying the trash.

    If the device is busy, then open up the Activity Monitor, and see if there is anything unusual running, if there is, then force quit it and try and empty the trash.
     
  10. Mala macrumors 6502

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    I assume you've tried the old-fashioned cures - pressing option or ctrl at the same time as emptying the trash? Can't remember which (option, I think) but one of them used to override this kind of nonsense.

    On the other hand...waitaminute... gibberish names... you sure these aren't system files that have snuck into the trash by mistake? Better post the actual gibberish names here.
     
  11. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    If you held down Option while emptying the Trash, it would delete all locked items. I do not know about things in use, however...


    Try booting off of a CD?
     

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