i can't empty my trash i tried many ideas but the problem still exist,
i tried the following command in terminal :
sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash
but same problem , and these files in my trash all not from an external drive..
any help plz ?
It might be a permission issue.
Drag the files onto your desktop and then run disk utility and repair permissions.
Then, one at a time, see if you can trash them.
i dont get any error message when i do sudo command i just get nothing this is the result
RNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.
To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.
and this is the path for the file from the trash :
Last login: Sat Oct 18 12:00:02 on console
qussais-macbook-air:~ Q$ /Users/Q/.Trash/untitled\ folder/71008.pdf
-bash: /Users/Q/.Trash/untitled folder/71008.pdf: Permission denied
qussais-macbook-air:~ Q$ sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash
hmm, the terminal output indicates that the file is indeed in your main trash folder. sudo rm should have deleted it or at least given a warning if it couldn't. Is your admin password by any chance blank? sudo will fail silently with a blank password. if it is blank please change it to a nonblank one and rerun the command.
Have finder in the front, and go to the Finder Menu up top. Move down to "Secure Empty Trash" and click on it. That works for me whenever i cant get anything to delete. If that doesn't work, reboot your computer and do the same process very quickly, before any application may need the file or something.
Hope that helps,
am no scripter, but my tip is - check if the files/folders in the trash are somehow still in use.
i recently had the same problem - i was saving attachments in safari & mail to a folder i subsequently deleted.... but didn't change my prefs in each app.
there's also a wealth of info and apps to help here:
Hi. I am having the exact same issue. The only way to empty the trash completely of this silly little hieroglyphic is to switch to list view and drag it OUT of the trash where it "poofs" away. Annoying, but it doesn't seem to be effecting anything else.
I do have a Bootcamp partition, but I am not placing any trash from the Bootcamp partition into the trash.