trash and permission

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thumb, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. thumb macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    Hi experts,

    I am trying to remove a large file from my desktop (1GB).

    it was the old user account from my Girlfriends laptop we put there as a backup when she switched computers.

    when i put it in the trash i cannot delete the file, it says that all of files are locked. when i try to change ownership or unlock the files, it says i do not have permisson for some of the files.

    is there a handy terminal line to force this issue? I am the admin on my computer. i tried rm -rf ~/.trash but again it listed many errors about lacking permission and did not delete the file.

    please help.

    thank you.
  2. thumb thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005

    ok, so the problem seems to be the locked files. there are many in many different files, but i can unlock them one image set at a time, but there are probably 100+ folders with 40+ images each. in each folder i can select all and unlock, but i cant seem to do it with folders and their contents. is there an easy way to do this?
  3. reh macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2003
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Dude, just hold OPTION down and empty trash.

    Boom. All locked files deleted.

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