Can't empty recycle bin

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bpetruzzo, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. bpetruzzo macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    I have an application in my recycle bin that won't go away! It is insisting that it's in use. I've tried restarting my computer a couple times and have had no success.

    Is there some way to tell what's using a particular file or something? Or perhaps some way to force the recycle bin to empty? It's really getting annoying.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You can try typing this in the terminal...

    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. Gene Shalit macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2009
    Re: Can't empty recycle bin

    I had this exact same problem about a week ago. Here's how I fixed it:
    -Take the application out of the trash
    -View the package content
    -Move all the files out of the application and into the trash
    -Move the empty application into the trash
    -Empty the trash; this should delete most of the files and the empty application
    -Take the file(s) that can't be deleted back out of the trash
    -Use TextEdit to open the file(s)
    -Select everything and delete it, leaving the file(s) blank
    -Save and overwrite the file(s)
    -Put the file(s) back in the trash
    -Empty the trash
  4. bpetruzzo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    Thanks for the responses guys. I tried the command line option first and it worked perfectly.

    Thank you for taking the time to respond!

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