Unable to delete Garageband from trash

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  1. Andy909 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am unable to delete Garageband from my Trashcan. I never use the application so I decided to be rid of it.

    Every time I try to empty the trash it says

    "The operation can't be completed because the item "Garageband" is in use."

    I don't understand as I do not have it open. I have also deleted anything relating to Garageband under Library / Application Support.

    I thought perhaps I should put it back and try deleting again, but there is no "Put Back" option, and when I dragged the icon to the desktop it has become a greyed-out icon which cannot load.

    What am I doing wrong here?

    Thanking you all in advance,

    Andy :)
     
  2. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Try to force close Garageband in Activity Monitor.
     
  3. Andy909 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I've had a look but Garageband is not running in Activity Monitor.
     
  4. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Have you rebooted?
    Have you repaired Permissions?
     
  5. Andy909 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you again for your help and suggestions. I appreciate it.

    Yes, I have repaired Permissions, and rebooted but to no avail. It's all very odd, as I really do not understand why I can't delete it.

    I have tried to empty the trash with other programs like Incinerator but again to no avail. In fact, I dragged the icon out of the trash and onto my desktop, and then I tried to delete the file with Incinerator. The following message occurred

    "Incinerator cannot incinerate this file because it's required by OS X"

    ??? What's going on? How can Garageband be required by OS X? It's only an application surely? It's not a fundamental part of the operating system?

    Are there some files somewhere that I don't know about which are keeping me from deleting it?
     
  6. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Relaunch Finder by pressing command+option+esc.
    Hold down Option key while clikcing on Empty Trash.
     
  7. Andy909 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, but I've tried that, and I'm still unable to remove the Garageband file from the trash. I'm utterly perplexed by this.
     
  8. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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  9. Synchro3 macrumors 65816

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    Put GarageBand back in the applications folder and try this using terminal:

    sudo rm -rf /Applications/GarageBand.app
     
  10. Andy909 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello. Thanks for this. I followed your instructions, and Garageband appears to have gone now. I'm assuming the terminal command I entered has deleted it entirely?

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    Thank you for all your help. It's much appreciated. By using the suggestion made by Synchro3 I think it may now finally be deleted.

    Thanks again. I really appreciate it. :)
     
  11. Synchro3, Apr 5, 2015
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    Synchro3 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it's deleted entirely. You also can use this methode to delete app's like iTunes, for example if you want to downgrade iTunes (for new install), and other Apple-non-deletable-app's.
     

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