Shift - Delete

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  1. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a

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    is there any way in Mac Os X to have the Shift-Delete function that you have in Windows to permanently delete a file without having it sent to the Trash first?
    thanks
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I've never seen one.. there is a program which will allow you to delete everything in the trash from one drive.. and I forget what it's called. Some help I am today.
     
  3. numlock macrumors 68000

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    there are automator actions that can be available from a ctrl click, in the contextual menu. And a quick search found Shortcuts http://www.abracode.com/free/cmworkshop/

    So you should be able to do it. First setup the automator action and save it as a plugin in the contextual menu then create a keyboard shortcut
     
  4. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i'm actually looking for a way to do this from OS X, i don't want to start downloading small software for every little thing i want to do, too much clutter for my Powerbook. :)
    i didn't see anything on Automator, am i just blind? :confused:
     
  5. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i don't mind if it's in the ctrl-click or right click drop down menu
    i just want a fast way to permanently delete files without sending them to the Trash, when i want to do so
     
  6. numlock macrumors 68000

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    well then there maybe isnt a way to delete a file without sending it to the trash first. Atleast i dont know of one

    http://homepage.mac.com/jrmiddle/Scripts/Delete Files Installer.zip

    is a link to the automator action.

    Get Selected Finder Items
    Delete Files

    Is the way i have it setup. Saved as a finder plugin.

    Works fine as a contextual menu option for me. The keyboard shortcut should work though
     
  7. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    not as fast as i wanted but it does the job, thanks dude
    what's the one pass wipe and so on?
     
  8. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Do you keep your trash empty in general? If so, you can use two shortcuts, one to delete the file, and the other to empty the trash. Maybe that will work?

    Delete file: cmd-delete

    empty trash (without warning dialogue): cmd-opt-shift-delete
     
  9. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i usually keep it empty but sometimes i just put things in it that i don't want and that i'm not sure i want to delete or not.

    the thing is that with some files you know you want them out of the way permanently.

    with this workflow i just right-click->automator->permanent delete
    and they are deleted permanently.

    i still don't know what the "one pass wipe" is though

    it seems pretty odd to me that you can't set a keyboard shortcut for a workflow...
     
  10. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    I hope you solve your problem in a way that suits you. Perhaps have a second folder on the desktop marked 'Hold for deletion', and go through that once a month. (and set up an automator to empty your trash every hour.)
     
  11. janey macrumors 603

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    it's when the hard drive is completely written with zeroes and/or random data.
    This can happen 1x (one pass), 7x (US department of defense standard) or even more...if you have the patience, that is (it can take a while). It results in difficulty to near impossibility of recovering the data that was previously there (cause when you delete a file, the reference to the file is deleted, but the file is still technically on the drive until it's written over with new data).
     
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  13. cornerofart macrumors newbie

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    Re:

    No fast delete same the windows shortcut.
    just if the trash not empty open the terminal and type this code:
    rm -rf ~/.trash/*

    welcome :)
     
  14. pedrocesarneto macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Excelent help!!! Thanks
    lost hours trying to delete some files!!! only your code worked!!
    Thanks again
     
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