Issues trying to empty trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kjohansen, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. kjohansen macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I have a Mac Pro running Leopard, I had some MP3 files that I had backed up to my Drobo, I copied them there from my PC server. I ended up with two copies so I deleted one. When I try to empty the trash I get these errors about the file is locked and cannot be removed. Even holding down the "option" key is not working.

    Any ideas?

    Kristi
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    #2
    Open a Terminal window and run:

    sudo rm -rf /Volumes/*/.Trashes ~/.Trash

    It's best if you copy and paste into the window, as a typo in this particular command can be disastrous. In particular, it looks like there is a space between the * and / in that particular font. There isn't. If you insert a space there every file on every hard drive connected to your computer will be deleted.

    Fair warning.
     
  3. kjohansen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Thanks for your help Blue!

    I am a former Unix Systems admin for Intel, so I am familiar with the command you gave. Thanks again!
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    #4
    Good stuff. I just don't want to be responsible for anyone running sudo rm -rf / and wondering why their computer has stopped working.
     

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