7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 1, 2013 2:09 PM by that thing again
that thing again Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Since upgrad from OS Lion to OS Mountain Lion I cant erase the trash, any easy way to cure this?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.0.x)
  • 1. Re: Hi I can't erase the trash
    R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (14,175 points)

    Do you mean empty the trash or something else?

     

    Also, please explain what happens -- "I can't" doesn't give us much to work with.

  • 2. Re: Hi I can't erase the trash
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,875 points)

    1. Triple-click the line below to select it:
       
    ~/.Trash
      
    2. Right-click or control-click the highlighted line and select
      
    Services Show Info
      
    from the contextual menu. An Info dialog should open.
        
    3. The dialog should show "You can read and write" in the Sharing & Permissions section. If that's not what it shows, click the padlock icon in the lower right corner of the window and enter your password when prompted. Use the plus- and minus-sign buttons to give yourself Read & Write access and "everyone" No Access. Delete any other entries in the access list.
     
    4. In the General section, uncheck the box marked Locked if it's checked.
      
    5. From the action menu (gear icon) at the bottom of the dialog, select Apply to enclosed items and confirm.
      
    6. Close the Info window and test.

  • 3. Re: Hi I can't erase the trash
    that thing again Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Thanks I tried that and am a little wiser. However the problem is that I select the trash and click securely empty. The service runs but nothing leaves the trash.

  • 4. Re: Hi I can't erase the trash
    that thing again Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Thanks for the reply. I can select all and then click Empty Securely the service runs but nothing actually leave the trash.

  • 5. Re: Hi I can't erase the trash
    Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (16,195 points)

    Maybe these will help:

     

    Trash – Can’t Empty or Move File To Trash

     

    Trash FAQ       

                                 

    Trash – Empty When File is Locked or in Use

  • 6. Re: Hi I can't erase the trash
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,490 points)

    Hi Linc,

     

    1. Triple-click the line below to select it:

     

    ~/.Trash

     

    2. Right-click or control-click the highlighted line and select

     

    Services Show Info

     

    from the contextual menu. An Info dialog should open.

    Does not work in Firefox 19.0.2

    Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 21.26.19.png

     

    Works in Safari though.

     

    The Show Info does show me as Owner and with Read and Write permissions.

     

     

    Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 21.28.41.png

    Other than that it seems we are waiting on a reply to Eric's post.

     

     

     

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  • 7. Re: Hi I can't erase the trash
    that thing again Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Eric,

    Many thanks to you and all for help the terminal method worked out fine.

    Nick