Can't empty trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Strom1, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Strom1 macrumors regular

    Strom1

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    I can't empty one part of my trash it says the operation cannot be completed because the item pdf is in use,what can i do?
     
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    try quitting the program you used to launch the pdf (like preview). then try emptying the trash. if it doesn't work, try quitting other programs. and if that still doesn't work, try restarting.
     
  3. 66217 Guest

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    Quit Preview (or whichever app you use for opening PDFs, and then try to empty.

    If this does not works, restart your Mac and empty trash. This should work almost 100% of the times.

    If not, come back with more info.:)
     
  4. Strom1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help,restarted and that allowed me to empty the trash.
     
  5. Bulldog VII macrumors 6502

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    I've had this a few times, I find if you restart you computer it allows you to delete the item
     
  6. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    You can also try logging in and out instead of restarting. OS X is not like windows.


    If you're feeling tech savvy, you can open up Terminal and write

    sudo rm -r .Trash/

    and type your password. That ought to show it who's boss!
     
  7. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Finder>Secure Empty Trash should also work. ;)
     
  8. Strom1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    BTW why does this happen and is there anything i should do in the future to prevent it ?
     
  9. JNB macrumors 604

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    Knowing what's open/attached/mounted. That's what this was; it's not a problem, it's a protective measure. You can't delete things that still have a dependent process active. Best analogy is try to delete a file from a CD. You can't, but the Mac allows you to place files from CD-like images into the trash while the image is still mounted.

    You'll get used to it, I still occasionally forget to unmount a dmg before deleting an app launched from it. No biggie.
     

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