Stuff stuck in trash.

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  1. cybrscot macrumors 6502

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    I've got two movie files stuck in the trash. They won't delete. How do I get rid of them? It says the file, "movie.rar" , the other is a "movie.avi" is in use. But they're not really in use. I don't have them playing. They're not paused or running in any way that I'm aware of.
     
  2. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    Have you tried restarting then emptying the trash? If you have, do a right click and "Get Info" and take a look at the permissions.
     
  3. cybrscot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do I do that? I don't see it in activity monitor so I can "force close" it. When I right click on it, I only get, empty and open.
     
  4. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    Open your trash.
    Right click on the file, and do a "Get Info"
    Then, look what it says under permissions. If it's locked, it could be a permissions issue.
     
  5. cybrscot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They both say I can read and write. I was going to take a screen print of the get info, but I don't think I can copy/paste it into here. I tried the "capture image" but MacForums asks for a URL.
     
  6. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    Hmm...
    That's interesting...
    If they are both read and write you should have no problems deleting them.
    Have you imported them into iTunes or any program where they could possibly be required?

    Also, you want the paperclip button, on the top of the post, it adds an attachment.
     
  7. mwhq macrumors member

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    Log in as 'root'. This will ultimately give you permissions to delete any users files including 'trash' items.

    Let me know ho you get on.
     
  8. .Max. macrumors member

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    Have you tried turning it on and off again? :p

    But seriously, Restart your Mac then it should fix it... Does for me :D
     
  9. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    People seem to be missing this part.

    If the file is in use, pull up a terminal and use the: 'lsof' command to figure out what's using the file.

    Open up terminal, type 'lsof ' and then drag and drop the file from the trash, into the terminal window. This should tell you what program is using the file. Then just kill the process that's using it in activity monitor and you should be able to empty the trash.
     
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  11. .Max. macrumors member

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    And rebooting kills the task running it :rolleyes::D
     
  12. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Not always I'm afraid, especially if it's a task that runs on startup.
     
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    Close all your apps or restart your machine then empty the trash.
     
  15. puttputt macrumors regular

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    have you informed the neighboring raccoons that your trash can has some goodies in it?
     
  16. cybrscot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't know what holding down the option key would do while emptying the trash. But, restarting my computer worked perfectly, everything cleared out.

    Thanks,
    Scott
     

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