Why cant I move this file to the trash ?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by MonsterZero, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

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    #1
    I have an mp3 on my desktop that I re-named in mid download...now I cant seem to throw it out. It says its in use, but none of my applications are running and I've re-started my comp, and even turned it off, then started it up and STILL I get the same message

    help ?
     
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    slooksterPSV

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    #2
    Log into root, find your account then the desktop in that account and delete it that way. If not try using a bash terminal, that usually works. - in root -
     
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    realityisterror

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    #3
    what i usually do in this case is:
    while logged in as an admin user, launch terminal. type:
    "sudo rm -f "
    without the quotes and with that extra space after it.
    then drag the file you need to delete from your desktop to the terminal window. this puts that files path into the terminal prompt. hit return and put in your admin password if prompted.

    cheers,
    reality
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    #4
    I tried the second method...and I get this.

    [​IMG]

    ?

    So Im assuming theres a way to "unlink" that file ?

    This is the message I get when I try to trash it...
    [​IMG]

    I'd try the first method, but I so have no clue how to do that lol So any help woudl be good.

    EDIT: I just Tried mthod two..and STILL I couldnt delete it !
     
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    realityisterror

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    #5
    i'm going to guess that you forgot a step or something, but just try using this free program i found on versiontracker.com
    ForceDelete1.2

    reality
     
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    Veldek

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    #6
    It would be helpful if your screenshot also showed what you typed in, because I assume that you did it wrong.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    #7
    reality...I forgot teh space after the "f"

    it did it, and the file just dissapeared...

    THANKS !

    So is it safe to assume that file is gone now ?
     
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    mactastic

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    #8
    It's as gone as it can be without a secure erase.
     

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