unable to empty trash

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  1. wnowak1

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    I have a bit of a problem when its time to take the trash out. When I select empty trash, nothing happens. I do not get any warnings, i.e file in use, permission error, etc. Simply nothing happens. No file is deleted.

    I am running a clean install of Tiger 10.4.3. The user account under which I work has admin rights. The permissions on the .Trash directory are:

    drwx------ 10 me me 340 Nov 11 02:25 .Trash

    I also checked to see if any files in the trash bin are locked, and they aren't.

    The only way I can empty this can is if I manually delete the files through the command line.

    Any ideas? I'm stumped.
     
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    Open Applications->Utilities->Disk Utility and "Repair Permissions". You also have to be sure that you are not throwing away an OS X system essential file! OS X will refuse to delete those files, to protect you. Lastly, try to use the Finder's "Secure Empty Trash", this may help will stubborn non-esstential files.
     
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    I tried running the repair permissions utility, but no luck. I'll manually remove the .Trash(es) directory and see if that fixes the problem. The secure empty trash takes a really long time to empty.

    I'll post my results ...
     
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    You could also use a program like Cocktail which has a Force Empty Trash option.
     

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