the destruction of a document, or file. Often, on the most common operating system, the file is compressed, and moved to a folder - dubbed "Trash" on OSX. The file must then be permanently deleted, before all remnants of the file are truly destroyed.

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How do I delete a file that doesn't appear in finder

I messed up and made the file name ... full name ....fbx. I don't really know why around the terminal. And after seeing How to move files to trash from command line? saying that rm "not permanently ...
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How do I override the terminal command “rm” to perform the “rm -i” command by default?

The command rm nukes files. rm -i asks for confirmation before nuking the files. When I use rm, I want rm -i to happen.
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How to delete all photos from iPhone using mac or pc

I'd like to delete all of the photos and videos from my iPhone 5S. I am willing to use [free] software on a mac or PC. Image Capture on a Mac does not have a delete option, before or after import. I ...
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Itunes Keeps deleting my podcasts

I like to download podcasts to my ipod to listen to them at work or at the gym. However, after I have listened to them, once I sync my ipod with my computer, it deletes the podcasts that I have played ...
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Trying to delete an application that always says it is open (in this case AVG AntiVirus.app)

This is the troubleshooting I've done so far: Went to Applications>Utilities>Activity Monitor and force quit the process. Shortly after doing that AVG shows up again in activity monitor. I went to ...
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Disk space not freed up after delete

I had approx 50Gb of Windows VMs on my MacBook Pro internal SSD (128Gb) (OS X 10.7.3). I copied them to an external drive, then deleted them from the internal drive, then emptied the trash. When I ...
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How to remove app which is greyed out, can't be deleted, won't open and doesn't appear in apps list?

I have this app with a greyed out icon which I'm trying to delete. I tap and hold, and it asks me if I want to delete it and its data. I confirm and nothing happens. I try to open it and nothing ...
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Can't delete email from Junk/Trash folders

Late last week I started noticing that I can't delete emails from either Junk or Trash folders in my Mail program. In addition the Mail program seems to run very slowly when sending emails and I ...
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“error cannot move message, Null”

I just added a new mailbox, copied everything from my husbands mail settings, his does not get this message but mine does every time I delete a message. As someone suggested I went to "use this ...
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Unable to delete a file

I have a file on my system named "2011.09.08įU0.G80.Šsl" that I'm unable to delete. Here are the different steps I've tried, but haven't had any success with yet: sudo rm file - Results in "No such ...
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How to determine which apps iTunes will copy from iOS, to stop a deleted app being resurrected?

I don't sync my iPad often, but when I do I almost always get the following question from iTunes: ' iTunes has found purchased items on the iPad [or iPhone] "[device name]" that are not present in ...
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Delete Text Message from iPhone doesn't automatically delete from Mac

When I delete a text from my iPhone, it doesn't automatically delete off my Mac. Is there a way to have it done automatically?
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Deleting password from Keychain in terminal

I'm having trouble deleting the github credentials from Keychain Access. Keychain Access just freezes everytime I try. Is there a command to force deletion of an item in the Keychain from the terminal?...
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USB Drives always need to be formatted to delete items

I have a MacBook Air running Lion. Issue is I cannot delete things from USB sticks. The icons disappear but if I try to copy something on I get a not enough space error message. I can format the ...
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How to Permanently Delete Photos from iPhone

I have so many photos on the iPhone. And my iPhone's internal space is not enough now.
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One message that cannot be deleted on iPhone 4

I have a single message in Mail on my iPhone 4 that just cannot be deleted. I get a popup saying Unable to move message - The message could not be moved to the trash folder. I'm using the latest ...
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What happens if you used “rm -rf *” in /Users or /Users/someUser?

Note: Don't type rm or any variation of it into terminal under any circumstances if you are not experienced with the command line Does the Mac OS X block you from using rm in those directories to ...
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Is it safe to erase ~Library/Developer?

In the user Library, there is a Developer folder with about 3.2 GB of space (2.8GB from DocSets and the rest mainly from Xcode/iOS DeviceSupport). I had Xcode installed, I presume these are from that? ...
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Swipe to delete does not appear for photo library

I've tried several times to swipe to delete my entire photo library and it does not appear. I have backed up all my photos and I'm trying to free up the space on my phone. Is there another way to do ...
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Can't Delete Video Files from my Macbook Pro hard drive

My Macbook Pro hard drive is full. I have attempted to delete video files from All My Files but they won't delete. I also found that several files with just audio from many of my videos are also there....
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Saving Calendar entries when deleting exchange account

Recently left a job and am deleting the Exchange account from my MacBook Air associated with the company. I no longer have access to the account (password has been changed, naturally) but I would ...
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Permanently deleting iMessages in a Mac

I painstakingly delete all my iMessages from my Mac (Mountain Lion) but every time someone sends me a new iMessage all earlier messages of that person AND others get downloaded. Is not there a setting ...
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Remove hidden iCloud folder from Time Machine backups

Problem: Inspecting my Time Machine backups using BackupLoupe, I found that a hidden folder in iCloud drive is taking up a lot of my backup space. I don't want to backup this specific hidden folder, ...
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Deleted account still being detected (OS X El Capitan)

I recently got a Macbook and easily set up my user account (admin), plus a standard and guest account. One day, I opened the computer and the screen was frozen. After waiting a few mins, I ...
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Deleting music from iTunes Match and not library

I would like to know if there is a way to only delete music from Match while leaving the songs in my library. I know this was possible before Apple Music but not sure it is now. Thanks.
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Issue with deleting a Mac account through system preferences

I have a desktop mac with multiple users and I would like to erase just one user from the computer but when I open system preferences and click on the accounts area, the minus sign to delete the ...
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Finally delete or “unpurchase” Items in iTunes

With family sharing I wonder, if there is a way to finally delete an app or book, purchased via iTunes. It would not be fun to have other see one or another book or app I have tried out a few years ...
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I would like to delete some photos from my phone camera roll, that i have imported to my Mac, will they stay on my Mac?

I recently imported all my photos from my iPhone to my Mac. Now they are on both devices. I would like to delete some of them from my phone camera roll, but i want them to stay on my Mac. Will the ...
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consequences of `sudo rm` apps that shipped with the OS (like Photos, Messages, Mail) [duplicate]

I've got numerous OSes installed on my Macintosh laptop for certain reasons. So I'd like to be as lightweight in my OS X as possible. What are the consequences of sudo rm -rf'ing the following ...
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“Directory not empty” sudo rm -r -i “file name” not working

I tried moving some backup files to my trash so that I could free up some space on the backup drive. Using Finder, I was able to empty the trash can with the exception of one directory that remains ...
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How to delete a list of files and folder generated via find in terminal?

I'm generating a list of files and folder that meet certain criteria with use of a command: find ~/ -iname "whatIwantToRemove" The command will generate some results: /Users/me//.Trash/...
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Automatically deleting files that contain a specific content

I would like to make use of the command that looks for a specific phrase in a file: grep -lr "text to find" * provided here and delete all of the found files. How can I generate the relevant ...
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Cannot drag an app from Launchpad to trash

I recently had an app called ZipCloud appear in my Launchpad applications - overtime I drag it to trash, it simply goes back. How do I delete it? The page http://support.zipcloud.com/question/110/how-...
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How to delete all from the Voice Memos app on iOS?

I need to delete all the tracks from Voice Memos in order to free up memory on my device. Deleting tracks one at a time is not an option since I have hundreds of them. I am using an iPod touch 4G.
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Photos disappeared from Photos app on all devices without deleting them.

Recently went travelling and due to full storage on iPhone was uploading frequently to MacBook. The issue that has been discussed a lot where photos couldn't be deleted from the iPhone without ...
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Uploading photos to Icloud and deleting on the Computer

I started to upload my photos from Macbook to Icloud in hopes that I could delete from the Macbook to free up some space. Then I find that if I delete from Macbook, they delete from Icloud. What is ...
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Undeletable directory with several subdirectories

I have noticed a folder on / called "Previous System". After checking that it did not have anything I need, I moved it to the trash. However, when emptying the trash, I get a "file in use" error. ...
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How to delete all emails from inbox in iPad 8.1.3?

How do you delete all inbox mail messages in iPad iOS 8.1.3? It doesn't support prior move tricks many have posted as a method since it is unresponsive to the Trash target mailbox if you use the 'move ...
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New MacBook had user accounts already; I deleted admin and can't get back in

So when I get this new machine...there is already a user on it called "mac"...for my convenience they said. There is also another user already there named "admin" well..i'm new to apple but when it's ...
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how to check if it is safe to delete iNode file (or how to inspect its contents)?

How do I check if it is safe to delete the following file? $ cd /lost+found/ $ file iNode44670523 iNode46670523: xar archive -version 1 Note: the date of the file indicates it is about 1 year old. ...
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I accidentally removed all files with “rm -rf *”. How can I recover?

I accidentially deleted every single file in my home folder of my Mac using rm -rf * in iTerms. I intended just to clear one folder, but clearly did not know what I was doing. Yes feel free to laugh, ...
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Disk space not freed after deleting files, unable to save things, unable to delete things, unable to update things

Recently my Macbook Air has been saying "The disk you are attempting to use is full. Removing files and emptying the Trash will free up additional space." I have deleted everything in the trash, ...
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iPad Mini 3 - Removing standard built-in apps

How can I remove the built-in music app from my iPad, or at least remove the icon. My daughter uses the iPad and I don't want her to have access to some of the music and radio stations.
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Delete all music from iPhone [duplicate]

How do I delete all music from an iPhone 5? It got loaded from my computer without me checking the box. I tried to follow the directions from one search result with no success.
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Is it safe to remove chess.app

I was cleaning my MBP out the other day and found chess.app in my /applications folder. I tried deleting it and Yosemite gave me this error: Is this safe to delete? I was able to delete the DVD ...
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What is the difference between a reset and delete

I have a problem with my iPod nano which plays a track initially and later skips to the next track. I tried the same track in itunes v12 and it plays with ease. I had asked for this here for which I ...
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How do I check where the file in .Trash was removed from? [duplicate]

I've some files appearing in Trash folder. How do I check from where they were removed? I've Tried 'Get Info', but it doesn't tell me from where it was removed. The only option I've is 'Put Back', ...
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Why does iTunes 12.1 keep deleting podcasts I've downloaded but not listened to?

I have had this happen many times in the past few months. I spend quite a bit of time downloading all the episodes of a podcast so I can listen to them in my own time. Then when I refresh my podcast ...
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Can Mac system updates recover accidentally deleted kernel files?

We commonly know that system updates will fix the kernel defects that have been discovered or not previously disclosed, to make the OS more secure. However, what if I accidentally deleted some kernel ...
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iphoto: deleting photos from iPhone doesn't work

Even if iPhoto tells me all the files are deleted, I can still find them on my iPhone under All Photos. There has to be a way to delete all pictures without separately selecting them on the small ...