Can't empty file in trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 06Honda, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. 06Honda macrumors regular

    May 25, 2011
    I have a file ending in .pxm that I cannot delete. When I select empty trash it says " The operation can't be completed because the (filename) is in use". How do I delete this file, thanks.

    Note: When I downloaded the file and double clicked it the file opened in my pixelmator app, that app is closed.
  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    maybe it's still in memory as inactive? If so, use the purge command in terminal to fix this. Or try a restart, that's what I always do when my trash is acting up.
  3. 06Honda thread starter macrumors regular

    May 25, 2011
    Thanks VM, that suggestion regarding restarting worked.

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