Unlock items to delete them?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dontmatter, May 19, 2004.

  1. dontmatter macrumors 6502a

    #1
    I've got a bunch of stuff that every time I empty my trash, it tells me I can't delete it, b/c it's locked, and I'm tired of pressing continue a dozen times just to empty the trash can. Anyone know how I can unlock these things and delete them? Thanks.
     
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

    Horrortaxi

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    #2
    There are many ways and many apps to do this. Quick, easy, painless way to do it is to go go versiontracker and download "Trash It".
     
  3. dvdh macrumors 6502

    dvdh

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    #3
    No need to download anything to do that . . .

    The trash can has a little know option that allows you to force empty locked items.

    Clipped from Help: "If an item in the Trash is locked, press the Option and Shift keys when you choose Empty Trash to delete it."
     
  4. jxyama macrumors 68040

    jxyama

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    #4
    another way...

    pull up a terminal, type "rm -r .Trash/"

    but don't get in the habit of using "rm -r" command too often. it could have some serious consequences. ;)
     
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    #5
    and if that doesn't work, add the f flag:
    rm -rf .Trash
     
  6. Apple of my eye macrumors member

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    #7
    The easiest way is to type :

    command - option - shift -delete

    Caution, it will erase everything in the trash without question!!!
     

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