Trash Icon Show Full but Contains Nothing

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  1. mastershakess macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    I have had this proble for awhile and I can not figure it out.

    The Trash Icon does not change when the trash icon is full or empty, appears to be full at all times even after a secure trash empty. Open up trash and there are no files inside and the file count is zero but the icon on dock remains the full icon.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you.
     
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    Hmm. Maybe open terminal and try the following commands:

    cd .Trash
    ls -la

    If you see any files other than the . and .. directories, kill them all with

    rm -rf *

    (Do the above command only when you are in the .Trash directory - it's a delete everything from here and subs command.)

    Maybe try repairing permissions.
     
  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Haven't seen that for years.

    Repair permissions should solve it.
     
  4. mastershakess thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I will have to try that


    Didn't not fix problem :( Already tried.
     
  5. freeboot macrumors newbie

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    i'm having the same problem. trash shows as being full but contains nothing. i've tried repairing disk permission with the disk utility, i've tried that empty trash command in the terminal, and i've tried trashing some duplicated files, all with no success =(
     
  6. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Just do a simple re-instal of the OS... that should take care of it.

    That might not be the best solution.
     
  7. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    There might be some hidden files in there.

    If you dont mind reinstalling the OS (if you can backup your data) then try that.
     
  8. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    If he's emptying the trash, it should delete hidden files also.

    Edit: I was being sarcastic about re-installing the OS, but if nothing else works, maybe that's all that can be done.
     
  9. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    Come to think of it, instead of reinstalling your whole OS you could:

    1) Check if there is any updates available
    2) Do that rm Terminal command, it worked for me with a similar Trash problem
    3) Just leave it, its just a icon on your Dock, not really a problem
     
  10. freeboot macrumors newbie

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    yeah, reinstalling im sure would work, but if thats my only option i guess i'll just leave it. its just more aggravating then anything else :(
     
  11. Vikz macrumors regular

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  12. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    I assume he has already rebooted his Mac, that is the first thing to try whenever almost anything goes wrong (the good ol' turn it off and on again trick! :D) but if not then do so, if it dosent work after the reboot then restarting the Dock wont do much at all.
     
  13. Vikz macrumors regular

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    yes and i know that is the old trick, but you don't have to restart the computer to restart the dock.
     
  14. emt8q5 macrumors member

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    This happened to me a few months ago. I tried everything but couldn't figure out what was causing the issue...when it came down to it, a file kept appearing in my trash that looked something like this " <<<<O>>>>" with a few more weird glyphs.

    It turns out this file was associated with my winXP bootcamp partition somehow. I booted into WinXP did a disk repair and I was then able to empty my trash.

    Good Luck!
    Eric
     
  15. freeboot macrumors newbie

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    i have restarted the dock, the computer and the finder, but i did not think to check my WinXP boot partition. thanks for the idea, i'll let you know how it goes :)
     
  16. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    So Windows caused the problem!!!

    The bug inside the Apple... :p
     
  17. freeboot macrumors newbie

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    low and behold Windows was in fact the problem!! lol i should have known!

    thanks emt8q5, that did the trick! :D

    so just in an case anyone else runs into this, here is exactly what i did.

    i booted into WinXP and right clicked on the C: drive and went down to "properties". then i clicked on the tools tab. under the "Error-checking" option i hit the "Check Now..." button. then in the new window that pops up i hit the "Automatically fix file system errors" check box, and then clicked the start button. it said i would have to restart for the check to take place so i restarted and booted into Windows again.

    after that it started the check right before going to the Windows loading screen, and there was some message about a bad file in the trash which it fixed

    i hope this will help someone else from going through all the aggravation i went through :)
     
  18. kolax macrumors G3

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    Tried CMD+Option+Shift+Delete?

    Any attached hard drives (other than your Macintosh HD)?
     
  19. m1ss1ontomars macrumors 6502

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    Big surprise there. Repairing permissions is completely unrelated to most problems; I really don't understand why people keep insisting on repairing permissions. At most it might return a particular file to back under your ownership or root's ownership if you manually changed it or if it was modified after installation by something else.
     
  20. stillspinnin macrumors newbie

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    It Worked!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks freeboot & emt8q5......... Just registered to this forum.... You guys are great.... It figures I have been a mac user since emac. I should have known better than to let Bill Gates eat off of my APPLE tree...
     
  21. jman995x macrumors regular

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    I finally was able to empty my trash after trying everything listed above.

    Here's all of the things that didn't work (for me), and the odd thing that I did that did work:

    I kept getting the error message: The item ".Trash" is in use right now and cannot be opened.
    I was about to lose my mind.

    • I have a program called "Smart Trash"...nope.
    • I tried "Super Empty Trash"...nope.
    • I ran some terminal commands followed by a Repair Disk Permissions...nope.
    • Option-Empty...nope.
    • I booted VMWare Fusion / XP, and did a CHKDSK...nope.
    • I tried creating an empty folder and dragging the files (17 of them) into the empty folder, then deleting the empty folder, but my computer wouldn't let me pull the files out of the trash and move them to the new folder.
    • I put the files into A Better Finder Rename and tried to rename them...nope.

    Then, I did something that you'd never think would solve the problem, but for some reason it did.

    I opened up the trash, did a Cmd-A to select all, then a Cmd-I to find out how (collectively) big all of these files were and when my Mac tried to access the files to see their size, they disappeared.
    I have no idea why that was the thing that worked, but my Trash is empty and the paper in my trash icon is gone.

    Just thought I'd share this because I know there are others out there that have tried everything as well. I'm not promising this will work for you, but what have you got to lose, right?

    J.
     

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