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Thread: trash CAN'T be empty

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    Default trash CAN'T be empty

    the trash can't be empty when I log system as a normal user. but when I try to empty it as root, I can't find the location of trash. how could I empty trash?

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    Default Re: trash CAN'T be empty

    Give this a try open a terminal then:
    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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    cohassetsteve NNTP User

    Default Re: trash CAN'T be empty

    Quote Originally Posted by Sagemta View Post
    Give this a try open a terminal then:
    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
    Thank you for this post, I had about 3 Gigabytes of disk space on / that I couldn't figure out where they were! They were sitting in the root trash. I guess when I use Nautilus in the superuser mode, it puts deleted files into the root trash bin. I assume that if I had logged into the desktop as root, I would have been able to empty the trash via the gui? Maybe this will solve the problem that I have been having with Nautilus (or any other program) using all the 1 gig of ram when doing a file search. We'll see.

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    Last edited by cohassetsteve; 24-Oct-2008 at 09:49. Reason: spelling!

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    Default Re: trash CAN'T be empty

    This has happened to me before and it took me awhile to figure it out. Through trial and error, I finally solved problem exactly as explained by Sagemta...

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