Stubborn File?!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by grim103, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. grim103 macrumors member

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    #1
    I have a downloaded application file on my desktop that whenever i try to delete it says "The operation can’t be completed because the item “sixtyforce” is in use." It was an N64 emulator. What can i do to force delete this? or make it stop being used? Thanks :apple:
     
  2. Lokrado macrumors regular

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    #3
    terminal?

    sudo rm ~/Desktop/sixtyforce.app = poof!
     
  3. grim103 thread starter macrumors member

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    #4
    tried that "no such file or directory" yet it says its still in use in my trash! and restarts dont work either... :apple:
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    #5
    That command works if the file is on your Desktop, but not if it’s in your trash, and not if it’s seen as a directory (which a .app package will be in the Terminal).

    Try this:

    Code:
    sudo rm -R [drag sixtyforce into the window here]
    Don’t include the brackets themselves, just after the -R (and make sure you include a space) drag the file directly into the Terminal window. That will fill in the path to it automatically.

    Of course, make sure you tried the early suggestion of restarting first, that usually clears up those issues.

    jW
     

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