Problems emptying trashcan.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Tacos!, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Tacos! macrumors member

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    Hi guys,
    I have problems emptying my trashcan. The files inside are certain "locked" files... Every time I try and empty it, it asks me to hit the option and then empty it. I do, and it shows it emptying, but it freezes. Every time I try to unlock the folder it ends up locking itself again. The files are "Internet Explorer 22-30-00". Inside is a folder called "Quicklaunch" with 5 files in it. These are:
    desktop.ini
    iTunes.lnk
    Mozilla Firefox.lnk
    Show Desktop.scf
    Trillian.lnk

    I'm running 10.5.2
    Please help me, this is very annoying!

    Thanks!
    Justin
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    I can't think of what it might be, but why do you even have Trillian and Internet Explorer-related things in your trash on your Mac in the first place?
     
  3. andy.barron macrumors 6502

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    have you tried 'secure empty trash'? This should do it.
     
  4. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    there locked files, you need to try and get privileges to unlock them before emptying the trash even if it is secure empty
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    Try restaring the computer, as that will kill the process connected to those files, then empty the trash.

    TEG
     
  6. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a

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    Download and install a program called MainMenu.

    Then, force empty Trash with that program.
     
  7. Tacos! thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't know... I had IE installed for one thing, and then i tried to delete it. I don't use trillian

    Several times.

    Tried that, didn't work.
    Tried it, didnt work.


    Thanks guys, keep em coming!
     
  8. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Put them in a folder called Trash on your desktop, then type the following into [guide]Terminal[/guide]:

    Code:
    rm -rf ~/Desktop/Trash/*
    
    And press return. If that doesn't work try:

    Code:
    sudo rm -rf ~/Desktop/Trash/*
    
    You'll need your admin password though.

    Make sure you are careful when you type this stuff in so you don't delete any of your other files.
     
  9. LeMacK macrumors newbie

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    try this: take all the files in your trash and put them in a folder. then name the folder anything you want, but end with .zip

    it will ask if you want to add the extension - click ok. then put the folder in your trash and empty the trash as normal.

    weird solution, but it has always worked for me.
     
  10. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    My suggestion will work, but try this first as its safer as it doesn't need the command line.
     
  11. Tacos! thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, refuses to work. It asks for password, i don't have one so i just type nothing in, and it shows no response. Even if i do move it to the desktop, a copy remains in the trashcan.

    Doesn't work, claims I don't have "permissions" yet I am admin

    Keep 'em coming!
     
  12. Bakkalohriat Guest

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    If I'm not mistaken, doesn't either Option or Control + Shift + :apple: + Delete empty the trash of locked items?
     
  13. LeMacK macrumors newbie

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    you could try this instead: open each of the locked files using TextEdit, then add a line or two of random text and then click save (NOT save as)

    put the files back in trash and empty as usual.

    the idea here is to make it so OS X won't recognize the files properly any more, and thus will let you delete them.
     
  14. iPhil macrumors 68040

    iPhil

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    Try option key down before you try to empty the trash...
     
  15. Tacos! thread starter macrumors member

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    It doesn't let me save over them, it claims i don't have the "permissions". It also wont move from the recycyle bin to anywhere, it simple makes a copy of what i have and moves it to where I want it to.

    These are great idea's though, keep them coming!
     
  16. LeMacK macrumors newbie

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    last one: apple + option + shift + empty trash ?
     
  17. Tacos! thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, Doesn't work.

    Thanks for trying tho :)

    Keep them coming'.
     
  18. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

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    It shouldn't give any response, that's how Unix works. Are you sure you move it out of the trash can and didn't leave a copy there?

    EDIT: In general it is worth having an admin password, even if you have automatic login.
     

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