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Trash - Operation Can't Be Completed, Item In Use...

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Jan 29, 2010 7:26 AM
I have an external drive containing a folder that I want deleted. I have no applications running, and when I put it into the trash it gives me this message:
The operation can't be completed because the item "ANY NAME HERE" is in use. STOP or CONTINUE

I have tried to delete the file using two different computers, MacPro running Snow Leopard and a MacbookPro running Tiger.
How do I delete it?
Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    check to see what process is using this folder.
    run the following terminal command

    sudo lsof path/to/folder

    to get the path to the folder in question drag it to the terminal window. make sure all the spaces in the command are present as given.you'll have to enter your admin password (which you won't see). that's normal.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz

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