can't empty the trash because the files are in use... but they're not.

seenew

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Is there a way to force empty the trash? I've got three sound files in there, and it says they're in use, but I have no apps open, and they aren't part of any other file on the computer..
 

SBik2

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Jul 14, 2006
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after trying a few times.. ive restarted my mac and the things in the trash were gone.. and if not.. after the restart just try again..
 

psychofreak

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May 16, 2006
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Open the Utilities folder.
Open the NetInfo Manager utility.
Click the lock in the NetInfo Manager window.
Enter an administrator account name and password, then click OK.
If you have not previously set a root password, an alert box may appear that says "NetInfo Error," indicating that the password is blank. Click OK.
Enter the root password you wish to use and click Set.
Enter the password again for verification and click Verify.
The root user is now enabled.
Click the lock again to prevent changes.

Then log out of your account and then in as root and try deleting the stuff...after you're finished, go into NetInfo Manager and cancel the root user :)
 

inkswamp

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If you're comfortable in Terminal, you can sudo rm anything in the trash. The contents of the trash can is kept in a hidden folder in your home directory called .Trash.

I've never had this approach fail with files that are stuck in the trash but if you don't know how to do it, it's probably best to avoid.
 

seablue

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I second the root way IF it says root owns it. It's easy to do once you've done it once.
 

seenew

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Hey, thanks for all the suggestions guys! I'll get to work and let you know how it goes.

This is why I love MR. :D
 

seenew

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I risked the terminal command, and it appears to have worked. Haha, hope nothing else got deleted.:confused::D