Why can't I delete my trash?

Asked by Melinda on 2009-05-12

When attempting to delete my trash I get this error message? Failed to delete the item from the trash. Thanks!

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Tom (tom6) said : #1

Is your hard-drive over full? (mine usually is unless i'm downloading something). During bootup do you get a menu with lots of options for booting into Ubuntu ? The 2nd option "recovery mode" has a "Clear some space" option worth using, and then "Resume normal boot" ;)

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #2

With the information "Failed to delete the item from trash" also comes an explanation as to "why". Most probably it is a permission issue so you would see an explanation that says "You do not have permission to delete this file".

To delete the items in trash, open a terminal and type or cut and paste: sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/files/*
Press Enter and then Ctrl+d to close the terminal.

This is one way of removing "stubborn" trashed files.

Hi! I just wanted to say Thanks for you help. I was finally able to delete my trash. Bye!

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Brilliant, nicely done :))