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    Default Cannot delete a file from waste-basket

    The waste-basket on my system contains a very large file (created by Audacity). Attempts to delete it from the waste-basket are rejected with 'permission denied' messages, even though I have 'create and delete' permission on the folder. I cannot delete the file with Audacity, because Audacity cannot 'see' the waste-basket. I cannot delete it from a command line, because I don't know how to find the waste-basket from a command prompt.

    Logging on as root doesn't help, beacuse the waster-basket appears to be empty to root.

    How do I delete this large file?
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    Default Re: Cannot delete a file from waste-basket

    I know this'll sound crazy but give this a try:
    1. go to your trash right click the item select restore
    2.once it is back where you had it originally see if you can rename the folder & then trash it.
    In the event that doesn't work try this:
    1.do step one above
    2.see if it'll open with kwrite if it does delete the contents of the folder using the backspace key, click save
    3. trash the empty folder
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    Default Re: Cannot delete a file from waste-basket

    su
    cd /home/username/.local/share/Trash

    cd files
    rm -r to all directories there

    cd ..

    cd info

    rm -r to all directories there

    exit

    exit

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    Default Re: Cannot delete a file from waste-basket

    Well, that sure fixed it - many thanks.

    Now I know where to find the waste-basket too!

    How long do the *.trashinfo files stay around?

    Regards

    XEB
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    Default Re: Cannot delete a file from waste-basket

    I don't know for sure, but I think they're only there for as long as the corresponding trash item is there.

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