Cannot delete PDF file in trash

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Irock619, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Irock619 macrumors 68000

    Irock619

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    #1
    I have a PDF file in my trash and when i try to delete it I get a message that says the file is in use. I obviously have the file closed and in my trash, so how can it be in use? Any advice? Thanks!
     
  2. SlyMac macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Did you try restarting first and then emptying the trash bin? If that doesn't work, use a force (hold option key while selecting empty).

    Last ditch effort:

    Open terminal and type the following

    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/

    Then hit enter. It should ask for a admin password, then enter. ****This can cause a loss of data so use as last resort and back up first.****
     
  3. Irock619 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Irock619

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  4. bobcan macrumors 6502a

    bobcan

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    Possibly try closing 'Preview' (assuming that is the program used to read it) as it may still be open there.. Same thing happens with pics and similar files..

    Usually that has been my experience with 'un-trashables'.. :rolleyes:
     

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