8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2014 8:03 AM by Eric Root
MsSilk Level 1 (0 points)

They are from my passport for MAC.

I have tried doing from terminal as well and most did delete however there are a lot of files that won't. I am getting a message pop up then when I click continue it just disappears and trash is still full.  Would love some help on this please. Screen Shot 2014-02-08 at 10.27.55 AM.png

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)

    What exactly did you try doing in Terminal?


    Go to disk utilty and click Verify Disk, then if you don't need what's on the drive why not just reformat?

    If you do need what's on the disk can you copy somewhere else and then reformat?

  • MsSilk Level 1 (0 points)

    I copied the instructions below that I have used many times before and it has helped each and every time except this time.

    In Terminal. To do so, first open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities). Ty
    pecd ~/.Trash and press Return. Then, type sudo rm -R followed by a space (don’t leave out the space character—it’s essential). Don’t press Return yet.

    Next, click the Trash icon in your Dock to open a window displaying the contents of the Trash. Select everything in that window and drag it into the Terminal window; this action adds the paths of all those files and folders to t
    he rm(remove) command. Now, press Return and enter your administrator password when prompted. In a moment or two (depending on how much was in your Trash), the Trash icon should return to its empty state.

    I don't want to reformat because there are far to many important files on the drive nor should I have to, re formatting is only when nothing else works and I don't believe it can't be done.  I will find away to do it, thank you for your reply.

  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)


    error-50paramErrerror in user parameter list

    Not sure what it means though.


    I usually use rm -rf as it ignores permissions errors I think. Or at least attempts to.


    The man page for the RM command is below.



         rm, unlink -- remove directory entries




         rm [-dfiPRrvW] file ...

         unlink file




         The rm utility attempts to remove the non-directory type files specified

         on the command line.  If the permissions of the file do not permit writ-

         ing, and the standard input device is a terminal, the user is prompted

         (on the standard error output) for confirmation.



         The options are as follows:



         -d          Attempt to remove directories as well as other types of




         -f          Attempt to remove the files without prompting for confirma-

                     tion, regardless of the file's permissions.  If the file does

                     not exist, do not display a diagnostic message or modify the

                     exit status to reflect an error.  The -f option overrides any

                     previous -i options.



         -i          Request confirmation before attempting to remove each file,

                     regardless of the file's permissions, or whether or not the

                     standard input device is a terminal.  The -i option overrides

                     any previous -f options.



         -P          Overwrite regular files before deleting them.  Files are

                     overwritten three times, first with the byte pattern 0xff,

                     then 0x00, and then 0xff again, before they are deleted.



         -R          Attempt to remove the file hierarchy rooted in each file

                     argument.  The -R option implies the -d option.  If the -i

                     option is specified, the user is prompted for confirmation

                     before each directory's contents are processed (as well as

                     before the attempt is made to remove the directory).  If the

                     user does not respond affirmatively, the file hierarchy

                     rooted in that directory is skipped.



         -r          Equivalent to -R.



         -v          Be verbose when deleting files, showing them as they are




         -W          Attempt to undelete the named files.  Currently, this option

                     can only be used to recover files covered by whiteouts.



         The rm utility removes symbolic links, not the files referenced by the




         It is an error to attempt to remove the files ``.'' or ``..''.



         When the utility is called as unlink, only one argument, which must not

         be a directory, may be supplied.  No options may be supplied in this sim-

         ple mode of operation, which performs an unlink(2) operation on the

         passed argument.



         The rm utility exits 0 if all of the named files or file hierarchies were

         removed, or if the -f option was specified and all of the existing files

         or file hierarchies were removed.  If an error occurs, rm exits with a

         value >0.




         The rm command uses getopt(3) to parse its arguments, which allows it to

         accept the `--' option which will cause it to stop processing flag

         options at that point.  This will allow the removal of file names that

         begin with a dash (`-').  For example:

               rm -- -filename

         The same behavior can be obtained by using an absolute or relative path

         reference.  For example:

               rm /home/user/-filename

               rm ./-filename

  • Eric Root Level 8 (44,815 points)

    Trash – Can’t Empty or Move File To Trash


    Trash – Empty When File is Locked or in Use


    Try holding down the option button while trying to delete the Trash. If that doesn’t work, here is some more information.


    Trash FAQ          


    Trash Permission Error


    Trash Permission Error (2)

  • MsSilk Level 1 (0 points)

    I ended up rebooting my computer, something I very rarely need to do because my Mac has never let me down yet; to me there is always a solution.
    So rebooted, used the terminal again and this time a few more files deleted then it stopped. After 30 minutes I rebooted again and this time I emptied trash from the trash, I always do a secure empty so does take a little longer. Anyway it took over 12 hours maybe more however it is now empty.

    Thank you both for your help. 

  • MsSilk Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you gumise, information that is worth keeping.

  • MsSilk Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Eric Root, a couple of sites I haven't come across before and I was sure I had looked at them all for any information I could get. They will be kept.

  • Eric Root Level 8 (44,815 points)

    You are welcome.