Trash cannot be emptied, file locked.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rdav, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. rdav macrumors 6502

    rdav

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    Location:
    So/California.
    #1
    When I try to empty the trash, there are error messages.
    eg. "Cannot complete operation, file XYS.BMP is locked".
    But I can not find the offending files.
    What can be done?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

    Staff Member

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    #2
    First, try "Secure Empty Trash" from the Finder menu...that frequently does the trick.
     
  3. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    Nottingham, UK
    #3
    restart should do the trick..

    once restarted, you should be able to empty the trash..
     
  4. Grape macrumors newbie

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    Aug 15, 2007
    #4
    open terminal

    type "cd ~/.Trash"
    hit enter

    type "rm XYS.BMP"
    hit enter

    close terminal

    N.B.: Do not include the quotes.
     

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