2983 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2011 3:29 PM by sZc
I was not able to empty the trash in safe mode. So i re-installed Snow Leopard again...i did not erase the drive first, or bring back any of my info from my Time Machine backup. But when it got done re-installing, i tried to empty the trash again, and it still would not empty.
There are no locked files in my trash can, it won't even delete a test file that i created in TextEdit.
Secure Empty Trash, and just Empty Trash both did not work.
Safe Mode did not work.
Disk Utility does not come up with any errors when i try to Verify Disk.
What could be causing this to not want to empty anything?
Since re-installing Snow Leopard did not correct the problem, i called Apple directly. I was first told this could be due to a permissions problem on my user end - i checked Disk Utility - and ran Repair Permissions, and it came up with a whole bunch...but when i try to repair it again, and again, and again...it always comes up with the same permissions problems.
So i created a new user, logged in to that, created a test file and trashed it - it emptied fine....so it was narrowed down to my own specific user. When I went back to my own specific user, I got into the Terminal, and entered a few commands to correct the problem, and it seems to be working fine now.
EMPTYING THE TRASH
Open the terminal and type:
<hit return or Enter>
sudo rm -rf
put a space after the f and drag the item (inside the trash) you want deleted to the terminal so that its path is automatically entered, then press return
give it your admin password and hit return
Message was edited by: patweb
First, be sure the item(s) in the .Trash are not from another drive or volume.
Launch Terminal and *copy & paste* these commands:
cd ~/.TrashPress Return
This will list of the contents of your trash, so you can if there's anything you need you can drag it out. If not, follow these instructions to rebuild your ~/.Trash:
Go to /Applications /Utilities/Terminal and launch it.
At the prompt, *copy and paste* this command
sudo rm -rf ~/.TrashPress Return.
You will be asked to enter your admin password. It will be invisible.
Enter it and press Return.
Log out and back in or restart.
Let us know.