13 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2013 5:15 PM by C Nugent
C Nugent Level 1 (40 points)

I have a problem with a very stubborn item in the trash that will not be removed. This is a zero kb folder that when using different trash methods, often indicates input/output error. It slows the whole system whenever selected or otherwise being used e.g. for trashing etc...

I have tried:

empty trash

secure empty trash

force empty trash

Trash It! utility (from trash can and from desktop)

sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/<file_to_delete>


Nothing doing. I first noticed a problem when doing a routine repair permissions. This was very slow and finished up by listing a number input/output errors in image png files in an images folder inside a dictionary package (Oxford English.dictionary). I trashed the .dictionary package (and restored from an earlier Time Machine version which seems to work fine). However, I could not remove the offending package from trash. After all the above efforts I am left with just one empty folder; this was called 'images' but is now just a jumbled name of letters and numbers. Repair permissions no longer signals any input/output errors but is still slow to complete.

Any suggestions or help appreciated...