A storage location for files that have been marked for deletion, but not yet removed from the filesystem.

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source for “date added” values in Trash folder

What's the source for the dates of the "Date Added" column when you open a Finder window for the Trash? Contrary to the answer in Is Lion's new "Date Added" field supposed to work in ...
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Is Trash a safe storage for files?

Are files moved to Trash do stay there until it is explicitly manually emptied? My maintenance script automatically moves certain files to Trash, and I'd like to be sure I can recover them if ...
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Locked file is stuck in trash

I have a file in my Trash. The filename is 'codedesign' and it is a Unix executable file. This file ended up there in the process of me trying to fix a corrupted patch installer. The original ...
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Pages app in trash

Having tried to create and then delete a folder in Pages I now find that if I try to open Pages from the dock I get a message: "You can’t open the application “Pages” because it is in the Trash. To ...
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Utility like Compost for El Capitan

I recently upgraded my Mac from Snow Leopard to El Capitan. I had been using a utility called Compost, which automatically deletes anything that has been in the trash more than a configured amount of ...
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Less space after moving files

I got the "startup disk full" message so I moved several of my massive folders to an external hard drive, deleted the folders I just moved off my Mac and yes, emptied the Trash bin. It then said I ...
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Secure erase trashed files in El Capitan

I accidentally emptied my trash (not secure emptied it) but there were some files in there that I should've properly erased. Is there a way I can bring them back to properly erase them?
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How can I delete Time Machine backups, moved into trash?

I was going to delete the Time Machine backups. I made a mistake and instead of deleting them using Time Machine, I just moved the Backups.backupdb folder to the trash. Now, if I try to empty the ...
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Unmount Volume when DMG dragged to OSX Trash

I found this article...http://www.guidingtech.com/26874/eject-delete-dmg-files-automatically/ It doesn't seem to work anymore in El Cap. Tried individual lines in terminal, and found eject needed to ...
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How to stop an iPhone from automatically deleting trashed emails over a week old?

Not for the first time, I'm adding an IMAP account to my iphone with over a year's worth of email in the Trash folder and my iPhone has deleted them all as the default setting is to purge emails over ...
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Can't empty trash on Mac

Recently every time I try to delete files, my OS asks me to type in a password. After I type in password, the files are deleted from the folder, but it doesn't free up space and the files don't show ...
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Command to erase a file permanently

There is a command to erase a file without send it to the trash? I am pretty sure that i don't need some files anymore. I want to clean my storage. Do I need to send those files to the trash?
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How to list content of .Trashes folder in single-user mode

Is .Trashes folder suppose to be empty when computer is launched in single-user mode. If not, how do I see its contents? I tried ls command, but it doesn't list anything. It could be that the Trash ...
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deleted private/var folder

I have done a foolish thing. I deleted private/var folder due to malware I was after. I immediately felt that strange things are beginning to happen so I pressed cmd+Z to reverse action. The computer ...
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El Capitan bypasses the Trash

I had a few stubborn files in the trash and used "sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash /Volumes/*/.Trashes" command in Terminal - worked like a charm. But now every time I want to delete the file it is deleted ...
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How does the Put Back feature of the Trash work?

This question is really more for my fellow computer scientists: how does the Put Back feature of the Trash directory work? I'm guessing the OS maintains some sort of index file which stores the path ...
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Finder leaves zero-bytes files when moving or deleting files

For some time I keep finding zero-bytes files around the filesystem. Sometimes when I move a file (it happens for sure with CMD+C and CMD+ALT+V) to another folder (a subfolder in my case), an empty ...
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Empty Recovered files folder after shut down

A few weeks ago, I started noticing that every time I turn on my MacBook Pro, I get an empty "Recovered Files" folder in the trash. I have read online that this happens when an app is not completely ...
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Unable to clear Xcode from Trash. Force clear in Terminal returns permission error?

Since the App Store seemed stuck with updating Xcode to 7.3, I have decided to delete it and reinstall. However, after moving Xcode to the Trash, it refused to be cleared and instead be stuck on the "...
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Permanently deleting trashed files after 30 days

Gmail has a nice feature that permanently deletes e-mails after they've been in the Trash folder for 30 days. This is pretty clever, because if I don't need a trashed message back after 30 days it's ...
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Delete files required by OS X

Carbon copy cloner made a few copies of my hard drive when it was cloning some stuff for me, and put them in a SafetyNet folder. It copied my library directory with some stuff in it, I was able to ...
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How to move an opened file to trash?

It's possible to move files to trash via Finder with ⌘⌫. But if i have an opened file (e.g. pdf or txt), is there any way to directly move it to trash without first closing it and finding it in Finder?...
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Why does OS X delete files directly without moving them into the trash?

On an external HD, when I delete a file, OS X prompts me that the file will be deleted without putting it into the trash folder. What is the reasons for that? How can I move it in trash folder before ...
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Problems with Photos App under El Capitan

I have 2 problems. First, I cannot find the trash icon anywhere (nor the "recent" flag. Second, I cannot find the setting for adding titles to photographs in a slideshow. It all worked in iPhoto ...
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How to UNDO stopping OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files?

I tried stopping OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to a memory card. The method by Metaxis to the question here "How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and ...
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quicklooksatellite is blocking trash files

I can't empty Trash folder. Some of files there are "in use". And it happens all the time. The operation can’t be completed because the item “blabla.xlsx” is in use. I don't have any ...
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Force Finder and Trash to stop using external drive so Disk Utility can erase

I want to reformat an external disk, but in Disk Utility "Partition" is grayed out and when I click Erase it says it cannot unmount the drive. I think Finder is not allowing the disk to be unmounted ...
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Macintosh HD (empty?) in trash

I looked at my trash and found Mcintosh HD in it. I don't know how it got there and do not remember ever putting it there. I don't know where to put it back either. So what do I do? It looks empty- as ...
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Is OS X doing some work after moving .app to trash?

I had Spotify installed and was annoyed by the "SpotifyWebHelper" process. So after some research I came up with the information, that it is managed by a background daemon. To disable that, I had to ...
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Disable .Spotlight, .Trashes and .fseventsd on removable media [duplicate]

I am making removable media (USB drives) for distribution using my Mac. MacOS keeps adding "hidden" directories in the root directory, like .fseventsd, .Trashes, and .Spotlight-V100. How do I ...
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The file that cannot be deleted

Today I've been clearing out my hard drive, removing files and applications I no longer need. I deleted a few stubborn files using command line rm. But I've run into a file that resists all my efforts....
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How to delete fonts that are erroneously »in use«?

There is this issue on OSX that often when you put a font file into the trash, it can't be emptied as the system thinks the font is still in use: However, I've uninstalled it using Font Book, I've ...
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NTFS external disc restore trashed items

I guess I deleted files on my external NTFS storage. I think I can see those files in hidden folder $RECYCLE.BIN on this drive. is it possible that the MAC NTFS writing stuff I set up before - so I ...
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Emptying trash sound played for no reason

It happened to mew few times last week: while I was working in browser/text editor I've heard emptying trash sound for no reason (i.e. I haven't interacted with trash bin at all). I think I haven't ...
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How to trash VLC

When I try to trash VLC it says it can't be deleted. Does anyone know how to do this. Also I can no longer see any of my other things on finder.
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How to “Secure Empty Trash…” (wipe free space) on OS X El Capitan?

Before OS X El Capitan, when viewing the Trash folder and pressing the "Alt" key you have been able to Secure Empty Trash... however this feature has been removed from OS X El Capitan! Does anyone ...
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How do I force the Trash to empty on El Captan?

Prior to El Capitan, it was possible to force emptying of the Trash when stubborn or "in use" items prevented it with "Secure Empty Trash". This option has however been removed in El Capitan. How do ...
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problem emtying iphoto trash after photo installed

I have upgraded to photo, but kept my old iPhoto images. There are plenty of them and now space is an issue so I want to delete some. I have successfully moved them to the external hard drive and have ...
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External hard drive won't show up on finder (theres more to this)

So I plugged in my hard drive, and deleted a file on it, a .nfo file. I forgot I had a file in the trash and so when I ejected the disk, my mac prompted me an alert like "disk is in use" with a force ...
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What are locked files (already inside Trash)?

I was cleaning my desktop and I put a lot of unnecessary files into my Trash. In one particular folder I was asked to provide administrator's password, so I did. Everything went to Trash very smoothly....
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finder buttons not working

So i think since the update yosemite 10.10.5 my finder is acting strangely...well couple examples: when i try to eject the drive i click on the little eject button and doesnt do anything (doesnt say ...
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Swipe settings in El Capitan Mail.app

This is a different question from this. Is anybody able to develop a Terminal command that will change the behaviour of swipe settings in Mail? By default swipe right is 'Mark as Unread/Read' while ...
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RAID Disk Space not Recovering

I have a RAID disk where I keep my virtual machines. Recently I created and deleted a few and noticed that the space taken up was not being reclaimed. I tried deleting the .Trashes directory via ...
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Trash won't empty, and duplicates files (with one copy remaining in trash) when moved back to desktop

I'm having a problem with Yosemite. It started when I attempted to move items to recycle bin, and was asked for my password. I entered it, and the items were moved to the bin. When I tried secure ...
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Cannot cleanup OS X trash

OSX just won't let me clean the trash can. I delete the "Previous System" folder (did it before a year ago and it worked just fine): But, when I try to clean it up, I got: I already rebooted ...
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Time Machine backup from external hard drive stuck in trash

I got a new iMac after my old one died. As my old one was dying I made several Time Machine backups to a 1T G-Drive external. Unfortunately, I must have done it incorrectly because the backups have ...
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Put Back from trash from Terminal

I sent a lot of files and directories from an external hard drive into the trash by mistake. All those files and directories had the same grandfather directory but not the same father directory. I can ...
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How can Finder empty Trash more quickly than “rm -rf /Volumes/Foo/.Trashes/501/*”?

The "Trash" of a 16-GB usb2 flash drive had 3.4-GB of data. I emptied it as such: $ cd /Volumes/FooDrive/.Trashes/501 $ rm -rf * This took over 5-seconds. That seemed pretty long. So, as a ...
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Unable to delete file from Downloads folder

I have a file (4alJRTP_.gif.part) in my downloads folder that won't seem to delete. Every time I drag it to the trash, nothing shows up in the trash and the file icon remains in the downloads ...
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Why doesn't the 'rm' command dump file in Trash?

Using the rm 'filename' command, i have noticed that the file isn't actually deposited into the trash. I realise that this isn't completely removing the file from the computer, however im perplexed as ...