terminal "command not found"

erezb1

Registered
Hello all.

A few weeks ago i wrote a code (found a tutorial on the web) in the terminal window for 3D Maya Batch rendering, and since then i can't empty the trash (the only terminal command i know) with: sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*.

Please help me solve it.

Thanx
E.
 

DeltaMac

Tech
Does your trash not empty normally?

You say that
sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
command does not work...
What does it do, then? Do you get an error?
That command should ask for your password. Does it?
 

erezb1

Registered
Trash can be empty regular, but it takes time, with this command i happened in 3 sec.
When writing sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/* i get command not found.


Thanx
E.
 

DeltaMac

Tech
The command as you are showing it here, appears correct.
Lets make sure which part of that command is not found.
Type rm in the terminal (nothing else) and press enter. You should get a couple of lines showing the optional arguments for rm, like this:

usage: rm [-f | -i] [-dPRrvW] file ...
unlink file
If you still get "command not found", then you may not know what else is missing, and you should reinstall OS X.
 

erezb1

Registered
this is what i get

Last login: Mon Feb 21 22:28:04 on ttys000
Erez-ArtKit:~ erezberman$ rm
usage: rm [-f | -i] [-dPRrvW] file ...
unlink file
Erez-ArtKit:~ erezberman$




thanx
 

DeltaMac

Tech
Try the command once more - without the sudo...
rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
 

DeltaMac

Tech
Ah, no "command not found" this time!
Good - now try the command again, only with sudo, and see what happens this time.
I suspect you may have mistyped that command when you tried before, so type carefully.
 

erezb1

Registered
Again same problem, i always do "copy paste" from at text file i have. no mistyping.
How can i check what i've changed before ?

Thanx
E
 

DeltaMac

Tech
Maybe your "text file" is also mistyped. Has it ever worked for you?
Maybe you are picking up an extra space when you copy/paste.
Try typing it manually, it's short...
sudo(space)rm(space)-rf(space)~/.Trash/*
 

DeltaMac

Tech
(hopefully, not the one with all the (space)s :D )

As a next step, I would likely try downloading, and reinstalling your current OS X combined updater.
 
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