Yosemite trash problems

jennyp

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Oct 27, 2007
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Wonder if anyone else is experiencing this.

The trash can in the dock appears empty, even when there’s stuff in it, and then I can't empty the trash, either by the Finder menu command (it’s greyed out) or by the Finder menu's keyboard shortcut (just get a system beep). The “empty” button inside the trash is also greyed out, despite there being stuff in there. The only way I can empty it is by using the “DesktopUtility” program (a GUI wrapper for the Terminal command to force empty the trash, amongst other things, after entering the admin password). This happens both on iMac and on my MacBook Pro.

Then sometimes, conversely, the trash can icon in the dock looks as if it does have stuff in it, but the trash ‘folder’ itself appears empty - but I can empty it, and hear the associated sound.

Anyone else noticed these problems or have any advice as to what to do?
 

robertosh

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Mar 2, 2011
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Wonder if anyone else is experiencing this.

The trash can in the dock appears empty, even when there’s stuff in it, and then I can't empty the trash, either by the Finder menu command (it’s greyed out) or by the Finder menu's keyboard shortcut (just get a system beep). The “empty” button inside the trash is also greyed out, despite there being stuff in there. The only way I can empty it is by using the “DesktopUtility” program (a GUI wrapper for the Terminal command to force empty the trash, amongst other things, after entering the admin password). This happens both on iMac and on my MacBook Pro.

Then sometimes, conversely, the trash can icon in the dock looks as if it does have stuff in it, but the trash ‘folder’ itself appears empty - but I can empty it, and hear the associated sound.

Anyone else noticed these problems or have any advice as to what to do?
Have you tried to repair permissions using Disk Utility?
 

atki81

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Sep 13, 2014
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I had this problem as I had a fault on my SD card that was plugged into my mac. I wiped it in Disk Utility and the problem disappeared :apple:
 

jennyp

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Have you tried to repair permissions using Disk Utility?
I've just done that on both machines with a bootable Yosemite installer I made on a flash stick, and so far it seems to have worked :)

It should have been obvious to me to try that, but thanks for the heads up :)
 

robertosh

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Mar 2, 2011
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I've just done that on both machines with a bootable Yosemite installer I made on a flash stick, and so far it seems to have worked :)

It should have been obvious to me to try that, but thanks for the heads up :)
I'm glad that you solved it :)
 
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