Trouble trashing 3 files

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Mac-the-Naif, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Mac-the-Naif macrumors newbie


    Nov 1, 2015
    I can't get rid of 3 files.

    They are all 8-10 years old from a ZIP Drive disk I copied to my 2012 Mac-Mini [El Capitan: 10.11.1 (15B42)]. They are in the Trash now nested in folders (2-4 each). The whole mess is in one 86kb folder with 15 nested items (mostly empty folders).

    The 3 files all have "nul" in their names. I get a "-50" error message when I try to delete them. I can't change their names to remove the "nul" because they are in the Trash. And I can't move them out of the Trash because, well, Apple likes to drive me loopy by creating closed option loops (computer Hotel Californias that I can never leave/resolve).

    I tried trashing via Terminal (using scripts I found online), but got mostly "Directory not empty" and one "Invalid argument" responses.

    Worst case: if I can't remove them will it hurt my computer (everything else seems to work fine)?
  2. Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    Let's just dump the files Mac! You know that we all want them gone. ;)

    I suggest that you should try the solutions in this thread. Can't Delete Trash- Items Locked

    I personally like reboot and try again followed by Option-clicking Empty Trash but most of the advice in the linked thread looks solid. Apparently the classic Repair Permissions fix is now obsolete in El Capitan (according to other threads).

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