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tad newberrytrash won't empty
by on Feb 24, 2011 at 9:18:21 pm

i've been transferring a bunch of files, trash has piled up. i go to empty, it acts like it's doing it, sound effect, fuel gauge and all, but the files remain, and space is not freed up on the drive. restarting and then dumping solves the problem, but any reason why it's happening in the first place?

thanks for helping out a bonehead!
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Andrew HarmanRe: trash won't empty
by on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:48:44 pm

do the items actually get into the trash can at all?
Perhaps hold down the command and empty trash, its a Secure Trash and seems to work for me.

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tad newberryRe: trash won't empty
by on Feb 25, 2011 at 4:51:45 am

ya, they actually go into the trash...and the command/dump hadn't worked either. restart, dump, all is well. hmmm... it has been awhile since i did a clean install...maybe it's time again?

thanks for helping out a bonehead!
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Jeff GreenbergRe: trash won't empty
by on Feb 25, 2011 at 5:05:46 pm

Oh God, you don't need to clean install! What do you think this is, windows? :D

Some items in your trash may have either a nasty set of permissions or the filesystem thinks they're busy. I've had this occur even through a restart. There are a number of Mac OS X utilities that will do a force empty of trash, with my personal favorite being Onyx –because it does a bunch of other very useful “monthly cleaning” functions through its automation Tab.

If you choose to use it, make sure you let it do it's verification and checking of your disks, just to be safe.

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tad newberryRe: trash won't empty
by on Feb 25, 2011 at 5:22:36 pm

Hey Jeff...no, i realize i'm in a little safer environment than ye olde Windows, but the editing Mac does seem to run quite a bit better if i reinstall on an annual basis. I'm also looking at getting a RAID installed, so in the process of moving tons o' files around anyway, but thanks for the tip for the future on the utilities.

thanks for helping out a bonehead!
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6GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
...and a few TeraBytes o' storage
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Alexander KallasRe: trash won't empty
by on Mar 6, 2011 at 10:03:18 am

Use another Mac and connect with fire-wire. Start yours in target mode, and empty your trash from the attached Mac. Disconnect, re-start your Mac, repair permissions, and rebuild your directories with DiskWarrior.

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Alexander


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