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Thread: Cannot delete trash.

  1. #1
    wgcrowder NNTP User

    Default Cannot delete trash.


    I have a folder with other folders & files in it. I want it deleted.
    When I empty trash it says permission denied.

    11.1, Gnome.


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  2. #2
    deano ferrari NNTP User

    Default Re: Cannot delete trash.


    Open a terminal window (console), and become root with su command. Then
    navigate to Trash directory, located in user's home directory. Something
    like:

    cd /home/name_of_user/.local/share/Trash/

    There are 2 directories contained here: 'files' and 'info'. You can
    either delete the directories and files with

    rm -r * (take care to make sure you're in right directory first)

    or navigate to 'files' directory and remove the offending files with

    rm -f ....

    (The directories get regenerated the next time files are moved to trash
    anyway).


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  3. #3
    wgcrowder NNTP User

    Default Re: Cannot delete trash.


    william@linux-rb3c:~> su
    Password:
    linux-rb3c:/home/william # cd/home/william/share/trash
    bash: cd/home/william/share/trash: No such file or directory
    linux-rb3c:/home/william # cd/home/william/.local/share/trash
    bash: cd/home/william/.local/share/trash: No such file or directory
    linux-rb3c:/home/william # cd /home/william/.local/share/Trash/
    linux-rb3c:/home/william/.local/share/Trash # rm -1
    rm: invalid option -- '1'
    Try `rm --help' for more information.
    linux-rb3c:/home/william/.local/share/Trash #


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  4. #4
    deano ferrari NNTP User

    Default Re: Cannot delete trash.


    You need to make sure you are in the correct directory first (and take
    care with syntax). The

    ls -a

    command will show whats contained within a directory. If you see
    'files' directory, then do

    cd files

    ls -a

    Delete required directory with

    rm -r 1 (rm -f ... for files).


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  5. #5
    ram88 NNTP User

    Default Re: Cannot delete trash.


    No, no it's so confusing. Recursion, omg.

    @william, what you did here:
    >
    > william@linux-rb3c:~> su
    > Password:
    > ...
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william # cd /home/william/.local/share/Trash/
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william/.local/share/Trash # rm -1
    > rm: invalid option -- '1'
    > Try `rm --help' for more information.
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william/.local/share/Trash #
    >

    was absolutely right, so repeat it - some lines being removed they have
    NO sense, so you don't need to type them again.
    Now make sure that you are in the right directory by typing:
    Code:
    --------------------

    ls
    --------------------

    The output should be

    Code:
    --------------------

    1

    --------------------
    if you can't see this file, make sure that you have typed exactly the
    same commands as before!
    No remove the file with:

    Code:
    --------------------

    rm 1

    --------------------
    this is a number - one - not a letter!


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  6. #6
    hcvv NNTP User

    Default Re: Cannot delete trash.


    wgcrowder;1933232 Wrote:
    > the name of the folder is 1
    >
    >
    > william@linux-rb3c:~> su
    > Password:
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william # cd/home/william/share/trash
    > bash: cd/home/william/share/trash: No such file or directory
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william # cd/home/william/.local/share/trash
    > bash: cd/home/william/.local/share/trash: No such file or directory
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william # cd /home/william/.local/share/Trash/
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william/.local/share/Trash # rm -1
    > rm: invalid option -- '1'
    > Try `rm --help' for more information.
    > linux-rb3c:/home/william/.local/share/Trash #

    There are a lot of spaces missing in what you type!!!!!
    Take care. When you would have copied/pasted the commands this would
    not have been possible.

    Also I would recommend all involved very strongly to use the CODE tags
    around this sort of coding (like ram88 does) to make evry character
    readable.


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