un-delete-able file

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  1. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

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    #1
    hi all,
    i was doing some cleanup, and there is a file that I can't get rid of. It's a partial download of some version of realplayer, if clicked it opens IE for classic but won't go anywhere. And I don't even use IE nor real.

    the problem is that it won't go away.

    I cannot trash it or move it to any other folder.
    If i try it tells me that it's in use by another task and to wait.
    It's not locked and I tried to get rid with classic on and off and IE on and off, but to no avail.

    It bugs me and this "task" might even use some resources.

    any suggestions?
     

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  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    #2
    What will probably work:

    Open Terminal, type "rm -f " and drag the icon for the file onto the Terminal screen, then (after verifying that the "rm" statement looks OK), hit return. The problem should go away. If not, restart and repeat, and it will go away.
     
  3. stoid macrumors 601

    stoid

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    #3
    Unless I'm forgetting something important about the Termainal, this should work:

    Open up the terminal.
    Type "rm -f " (without quotes)
    Drag the un-deleteable file into the Terminal window to enter it's path.
    Hit Enter.

    Don't ever download RealPlayer, or use IE again. (optional, but still a good idea)

    edit: looks like jsw beat me to it!
     
  4. Don't panic thread starter macrumors 603

    Don't panic

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    #4
    stoid +jsw,
    thanks. it's gone.
    it took me a while because I hadn't noticed the space after f.
    picky terminal... :)
     

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