Cannot Always Empty Trash :S

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  1. Mark-T macrumors newbie

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    Hi There ...

    I Cannot Empty my trash always when i delete any file then go to Empty Trash , The Sound of Cleaning the trash Appears but the files are Still in Trash ...

    The Only Solution for me is that i always use The SuperEmpty Trash Application to empty my Trash :S

    Any Suggestion ?! :confused:
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Are any of the files you're trying to delete locked? If so, you can get rid of them by holding down Option before emptying the trash.
     
  3. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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  4. Mark-T thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no , none is locked and neither the Option key and Secure Empty Works :S
     
  5. Salmar macrumors regular

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    Well I use these two small apps to empty stubborn trash files, one is "trash it" and the other is "force empty trash" and they both work well. Google those two apps for Mac and give it a try.
     
  6. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    1. Go to your Utilities Folder
    2. Open the Terminal Application
    3. Type this: sudo rm
    4. Hit Enter and then enter your password (you will not be able to see your password when it is being typed)
    5. Hit Enter
     
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    That is going to fail - rm needs an argument of a file or folder to remove.
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You'll have to navigate to the Trash, type "ls -a" to show all of the files in the trash, then "rm -f <file name>" and hit enter. Be very, very careful about using rm though, it doesn't ask for a password or anything so if you delete the wrong thing it's gone forever.
     
  9. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I'm not very good with Terminal. I thought I knew how to do it. Thanks for correcting me.
     
  10. Mark-T thread starter macrumors newbie

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    isnt there any solution to make the trash return back correctly as past ? :S
     
  11. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    Solving Trash Problems for Tiger. I don't know if it would apply for Leopard though.
    Whenever I can't empty Trash, logging out and back into my account usually does the trick.
     
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  13. mahmoud hola macrumors newbie

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    you can fix this problem by Terminal it's so easy I'm anew mac user but I could do this

    open terminal
    Applications >> Utilities >> terminal

    and write this code sudo♦rm♦-rf♦~/.Trash

    ♦ mean space
    after that it will ask u about the password your account password
    write the Password " when u write it the letters don't appear "
    and press enter .
     
  14. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    sudo rm -rf is one of the most dangerous UNIX commands, so be very careful to type it correctly. It can delete every file on your computer without asking for further permission.

    Edit: But I see this is all repetition from things that were suggested earlier.
     
  15. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    make sure you enter killall Finder afterwards as this will relaunch Finder and make a new invisible trash folder as trashing a file without it will just delete the file straight away.
     
  16. mahmoud hola macrumors newbie

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    as I said befor I had tried this command and it worked good,
    it will solve the trash problem and make it normal without any programs
     
  17. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yes, and I actually think the OP is after a way to make Finder correctly empty the trash rather than to have to use a third-party utility for the purpose. For that I don't have an answer.
     
  18. Mark-T thread starter macrumors newbie

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    nth worked :S
    i tried the code but still same prob :S
     
  19. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Fixed the command for you... there is no folder ~/.Trash but there is a .Trashes folder at the root of the drive. If you want to nuke the Trash contents, that's the folder you have to delete.
     
  20. mahmoud hola macrumors newbie

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    look I sure now

    I return to the original topic that I had know from there this solution
    to be sure

    and I tried that again and it successes

    Open terminal and write the code sudo♦rm♦-rf♦~/.Trash

    ♦ >>>>> space

    and put the password as I told u befor
    and make restart that is what I forget ..
    and then make empty trash ...... it will success ( ISA )
     
  21. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Look again.
     
  22. Mark-T thread starter macrumors newbie

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  23. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    D'oh! How did I not see that? :eek:
     

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