Emptying trash problem, very tough.

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  1. Reukeboom macrumors newbie

    Reukeboom

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    On my old 24" iMac, (El Capitan) I've had this problem for a year where after copying a folder full of copied info from training CDs that I'd collected from various training books, at some point I threw something away (what exactly, I don't remember) and for some reason, the folder containing everything from the book: Illustrator 10 WOW! wouldn't delete from the trash, instead, I'd get a -50 error for every folder and disk that it was under. So when I empty my trash, I have to hit "continue" a lot.

    Dragging the stuff from the trash just copies it, and when I try to throw that away, I simply have more of the same problem.

    I've tried Trash It and Cocktail, Onyx and I've booted into safe mode and run the disk repair. Nothing works. I tried resetting the trash can using the Terminal. Nothing.

    So, a few days ago I bought a new Mac Mini, running El Capitan, and figured that I was free from this problem. But no. After copying the folder full of copied training CD info, like I had so long ago, the problem has returned somehow. My trash is full of this issue again, and I didn't even throw anything in the trash.

    I'm stuck with the exact same problem although I have a totally new computer and never threw anything in the trash again. Just copying the original folder full of folders of info copied from CDs caused the problem again. I tossed that folder into the trash, and erased that, but that didn't fix my problem.

    Any ideas? I'm at the end of my rope. With a new computer.
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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  4. Reukeboom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's what I got after trying that...

    Last login: Mon Jul 4 04:36:02 on ttys000
    Randys-Mac-mini:~ Mini$ sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
    Password:
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1/Desktop/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's/book CDs - training/Illustrator 10 Wow!/␀␀␀␀HFS+ Private Data: Invalid argument
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1/Desktop/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's/book CDs - training/Illustrator 10 Wow!: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1/Desktop/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's/book CDs - training: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1/Desktop/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's/Illustrator 10 Wow!/␀␀␀␀HFS+ Private Data: Invalid argument
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1/Desktop/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's/Illustrator 10 Wow!: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1/Desktop/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1/Desktop: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users/randyrydberg1: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo/Users: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403/iMac Duo: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926/2016-01-11-014403: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/2016-02-22-222926: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's/Illustrator 10 Wow!/␀␀␀␀HFS+ Private Data: Invalid argument
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's/Illustrator 10 Wow!: Directory not empty
    rm: /Users/Mini/.Trash/PORTFOLIO-TRAINING CD's: Directory not empty
    Randys-Mac-mini:~ Mini$
    --- Post Merged, Jul 4, 2016 ---
    I unlocked all of them. Took a lot of doing, there were maybe twenty files!
     
  5. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, first: repair Disk permissions. Next: look for invisible files, connected to your problem folder, make them visible and try Delete again.
     

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