trash can is locked?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by HardTech, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. HardTech

    HardTech hungry

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    28,103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    NorCal
    I'm trying to empty my trash can and for some reason, it won't delete certain files in a folder. Specifically, the folder in question is Windows Media Player 9.

    I had this problem with ALL of the contents of the trash can before, but I changed read/write access rights and was able to erase everything except for WMP 9 after that.

    Even if I do that, WMP 9 still won't erase. Any ideas?
     
  2. JointBeaker

    JointBeaker packaging engineer #2 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2002
    Messages:
    4,373
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    here.
    Um...it's been a while for this to happen to me, but, can you hold down Command and then go about deleting trash, either [CMD + RClick - Empty Trash] or whatnot...

    Will this work?
     
  3. TheUsualSuspect

    TheUsualSuspect And poof. Just like that, he's gone.

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2004
    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hold the option key when you empty the trash. This should work.
     
  4. HardTech

    HardTech hungry

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    28,103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    NorCal
    thanks guys.. I'll try this when I go home later tonight
     
  5. agent0068

    agent0068 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2002
    Messages:
    39,833
    Likes Received:
    0
    if that doesn't work, here's something else you can try:

    Open Applications/Utilities/Terminal
    $ cd ~/.Trash/
    $ sudo rm -rf NameOfFolderToDelete
    (enter your password)
    $ exit
    Quit Terminal

    (in case you aren't sure what this does, it's you navigating to your invisible Trash folder, logging in as the superuser with all your awesome powers, and trying to delete the files)
     
  6. HardTech

    HardTech hungry

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    28,103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    NorCal
    thanks guys.. I had to do some snooping, but in the end the terminal trick worked

    apparently. Windows Media Player.app is a directory, and the contents of that directory were locked.

    tricky Microsoft software
     

Share This Page