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Question: Can't Empty Trash

I'm trying to empty my trash but keep getting this message. It's an old backup folder which is empty (Backups.backupdb).


I tried all the terminal options like


cd ~/.Trash

chflags -R nouchg *


cd ~/.Trash

ls

rm filename.jpg

Refreshed the finder and restarted as well.

This is really annoying since I get this message every time I empty the trash.

Thanks!

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Try the proper steps:


Fix permissions on Trash folder


Select your Home folder and press COMMAND-I to open the Get Info window. Be sure you have "read & write" privileges in the Sharing & Permissions panel. Check under "General" panel to be sure it isn't locked. If that is correct, launch the Terminal on the Utilities folder, and at the prompt copy and paste this command:



mkdir ~/.Trash


Press RETURN.


If you get a message that the folder already exists, copy & paste this command:



sudo chown $UID ~/ .Trash


Press RETURN. Enter your admin password (it will be invisible) Press RETURN.


Then copy and paste this command:



chmod u+rwx ~/.Trash


Press RETURN.


Log out and back in, or restart.


If the backup folder you have in the Trash contains files from a Time Machine backup then plan on hours or days to delete the folder if there are no problems. Although the .backupdb folder is empty there are other folders inside that may not be empty.

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Mar 10, 2018 12:02 PM in response to sypark In response to sypark

Try the proper steps:


Fix permissions on Trash folder


Select your Home folder and press COMMAND-I to open the Get Info window. Be sure you have "read & write" privileges in the Sharing & Permissions panel. Check under "General" panel to be sure it isn't locked. If that is correct, launch the Terminal on the Utilities folder, and at the prompt copy and paste this command:



mkdir ~/.Trash


Press RETURN.


If you get a message that the folder already exists, copy & paste this command:



sudo chown $UID ~/ .Trash


Press RETURN. Enter your admin password (it will be invisible) Press RETURN.


Then copy and paste this command:



chmod u+rwx ~/.Trash


Press RETURN.


Log out and back in, or restart.


If the backup folder you have in the Trash contains files from a Time Machine backup then plan on hours or days to delete the folder if there are no problems. Although the .backupdb folder is empty there are other folders inside that may not be empty.

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