Stubbon file in trash can

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  1. mattshawman macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hello,

    I've got a stubbon file in my trash can which won't delete. I click empty trash, but when I open it back up it is still there. If I try to put the file back it says "The operation can’t be completed because it isn’t supported"

    Anybody have any idea how to get rid of this file?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

    Apple fanboy

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    #2
    What's the file extension? Also what OS is your Mac running?
    Have you tried rebooting your Mac? I had a similar issue on a PC once and that resolved it for me.
     
  3. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    #3
    Something is still using that file.

    My suggestion would be to eject any .dmg images that are loaded and try again. If that fails, restart your Mac and then try to empty the trash.
     
  4. n0cus macrumors 6502

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    You might want to do a secure emptying of the trash by clicking Finder in the Menu Bar and click Secure Empty Trash.
     
  5. EssentialGadget macrumors newbie

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    #5
    Reboot w/o opening apps should release the file...

    and allow you to empty the trash.

    This happens to quicktime movies all the time. If you right click and quit quicktime (or the app that is accessing the file) you can also delete the file.
     
  6. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

    RandomKamikaze

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    #6
    If the above doesn't work run

    Code:
     rm -ri ~/.Trash
    When asked to examine type 'yes' then press enter

    Delete the file which will appear as something along the lines of /~/.Trash/Filename.here (again, type 'yes' press enter)

    Don't delete .Trash (e.g. /~/.Trash)
     
  7. 06Honda macrumors regular

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  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    This may sound overly simple, but if you haven't tried it, I suggest you do:

    1. Shut down the Mac -- power all the way off
    2. Restart the Mac, get back to the Finder
    3. Try emptying the trash now. Any changes?
     

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