Having a problem with the trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by natatos, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. natatos macrumors regular

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    #1
    I went through and deleted a lot of stuff then when I was emptying the trash it said that there was a locked file so I found out were it was pulled it out and then got rid of everything else there are about 720 locked files in the folder then I tried to find a quicker way to delete it then I found out how to unlock them so I went to pull them out but it just made a copy of it so now and I put it back in the trash not thinking about how that just adds on to the files so how can I get them out or make it so I can press continue just once for them all to go away
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    #3
    1. Open Terminal.
    2. Type:
    Code:
    sudo rm -rv 
    (with the space at the end after "-rv")
    3. Open the trash, and drag all the files onto the terminal window.
    4. Switch back to Terminal, and hit return. You'll be prompted for your password, type it (no characters will appear), and hit return once you've entered it.

    Be careful you don't drag anything else onto the terminal window, and be careful not to make any typos.
     
  4. natatos thread starter macrumors regular

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    #4
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  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    #5
    Then, as Jethryn says, run

    sudo rm -rv ~/.Trash

    Then log out/in again.
     

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