Cannot Empty Trash

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Washac, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    #1
    I have a couple of items in trash that will not delete.

    I get this error message :-

    The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003).

    I have tried Force Empty and repairing Permissions to no avail.


    Thanks.
     
  2. antonis macrumors 68000

    antonis

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    #2
    Well, you can use the terminal and delete them yourself:

    cd .Trash
    rm ./*

    (just make sure that before you execute the 2nd command, you are indeed in the .Trash directory)
     
  3. jezzastern macrumors newbie

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    #3
    A small utility program called TrashIt will achieve the same, without the risk of using Terminal
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

    Macman45

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    I had this a while back and tracked the issue down to my Pegasus R4's firmware which has since been updated..It first started asking me for my system password to confirm delete. Then placed the items in the trash but I couldn't remove them..not even using terminal.

    I did a little digging around and discovered that my trashes folders had been deleted:eek: I replaced them using mkdir in terminal, and updated the Pegasus's firmware...Haven't had an issue since, but even if you aren't using an external, I'd check to make sure those trashes items are where they should be.
     
  5. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    #5
    Thanks for this, I am not a good terminal person, but will keep this for further information :)

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    Thanks for this, more my type of thing, it did the trick :)
     
  6. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

    rabidz7

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    #6
    Terminal is not a risk.
     
  7. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a

    rjcalifornia

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    If you know how to use it, no. Otherwise you could end up damaging the OS
     
  8. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I'd agree, using terminal if you aren't familiar with it can really mess things up.
     
  9. tomvos macrumors 6502

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    Thus the old saying regarding the terminal goes like this:

    First think, then type.

    :)
     

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