Trying to empty trash...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cain12, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. cain12 macrumors newbie

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    but it gives me so many files that it won't because it says they are "locked".... ever run into this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Broomhead.ifone macrumors newbie

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  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Go into the trash and find the files it complains about and press cmd+I on them and uncheck the check box called "Locked"

    The icons for the files will probably have a little padlock symbol at the bottom left of it.
     
  4. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

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    You can also try using the terminal and do a "rm -rf [filename]" if you know what you're doing.

    REMEMBER: RM -RF is not a command you want to be messing with. Triple check your typing when you use this command or you can delete a lot more than what you intended.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Hold down Option and then choose Empty Trash from the Finder menu.
     
  6. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

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    What does that do exactly? Force Empty Trash or something? (I'm at work and I don't have my Mac in front of me, always wanted to know what it does)
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    It ignores locked status when emptying trash.
     
  8. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, cool! I didn't know that you could do that, thanks!
     
  9. cain12 thread starter macrumors newbie

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