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

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by seenew, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. seenew macrumors 68000

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    #1
    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..
     
  2. SBik2 macrumors 6502a

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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..
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    You can also download Cocktail. Among other nifty utility features, it allows you to force empty the trash.
     
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  7. psychofreak Retired

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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 :)
     
  8. inkswamp macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I'd suggest restarting or, at minimum, relaunch the Finder.

    Sometimes, processes you don't see in the Dock have hold of files, like Spotlight indexing.
     
  10. seablue macrumors regular

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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.
     
  11. seenew thread starter macrumors 68000

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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
     
  12. seenew thread starter macrumors 68000

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

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