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Can't empty trash?

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Apr 24, 2012 9:14 AM



When I empty my trash using the icon my computer has a major crash and the screen goes grey and I have to reboot from the power button.


If I secure empty trash using alt/opt, cmd clicking the trash icon I get the following message:-


The operation can’t be completed because the item “.DS_Store” is in use.


I've tried SUDO RM -RF ~/.TRASH/*  and enetering my password but it doesn't fix it


I've tried chflags -R nouchg  then dragging items into terminal and that doesn't fix it


I've tried :-

     Open Terminal and enter this command:


     rm -rf ~/.Trash/


     Then right click the Finder icon in the dock while holding down the opt/alt key, select Relaunch.  Relaunching Finder will recreate ~/.Trash


but this doesn't work either


Does anyone have any ideas?





MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 9:23 AM (in response to ksx)

    You should have no reason to delete .DS_Store.    It among other things helps with icon arrangements, and other system values for your folder.  Keep it where it was.

  • b j t Level 4 Level 4 (3,670 points)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,575 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to ksx)

    If you're able to boot, launch the Console application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ If you’re running Mac OS X 10.7 or later, open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the page that opens.


    Select the most recent panic log under System Diagnostic Reports. Post the contents — the text, please, not a screenshot. For privacy’s sake, I suggest you edit out the “Anonymous UUID,” a long string of letters, numbers, and dashes in the header and body of the report, if it’s present (it may not be.) Please don't post "shutdownStall" or "hang" reports.


    If you can't boot in the usual way, try a safe boot. The instructions provided by Apple are as follows:


    • Be sure your Mac is shut down.
    • Press the power button.
    • Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone, but not before the tone.
    • Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).


    During startup, you’ll see a progress bar, and then the login screen, which appears even if you normally log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.


    Safe mode is slower than normal, and some things won’t work at all.


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