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

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Can't empty trash of removable HD

I can't empty the trash of my removable drive. At first it appears to empty it correctly (no error message, the sound is played), but the folder in question stays there. I tried: jan@MacBook-Pro /...
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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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Is there a way to auto “put back” everything in Trash?

My wife saw the folder 'all documents' in Finder and decided to move it all to the trash. Now we have over 9,000 files in the trash and I haven't been able to find a way to put back everything with ...
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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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Is it possible to delete the “useless” apps pre-installed on my Mac?

There are some preinstalled apps that came with my laptop that I know I wil never ever use. Apps like "Notes", "Stickies", "Game Center", etc.. that were preinstalled in my Macbook Pro are apps that ...
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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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Mavericks does not delete Gmail emails

I use the built-in Mail.app client to fetch my Google Mail emails using IMAP. If I delete an email in any mailbox except trash using the delete button, Mail.app puts the email in the corresponding ...
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How can I skip the Trash when deleting a file?

I frequently connect different external USB hard drives and flash drives to my computer and I would like to facilitate deleting files and regaining disk space from them. If I simply delete the file, ...
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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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Delete an app completely (special case) and question regarding empty trash

I downloaded a game and deleted it by just Holding it for few second and click x on the launchpad, because I can still see it occupies 20 GB in my hard disk which is truly annoying. Does it mean it ...
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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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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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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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How can I automatically have my Trash emptied when disk space gets below a certain point?

Sometimes my hard drive gets low on space, and various things don't work properly until I empty the Trash and free up some space. I know there are applications that empty the Trash after a set ...
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How to setup Apple Mail so it truly removes email from Google?

After a lo-ho-hot of trial and error to get this to work properly I still was not able to find the sweet spot. The problem is simple. I am on OSX Yosemite and use the Mail.APP for my Google Apps for ...
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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 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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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 prevent iTunes from trashing older versions of apps on updates?

Recent versions of iTunes have incorporated a new behavior which is to automatically move any previous version of a mobile app to the trash when those apps are updated. As far as I can tell, there is ...
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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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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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Where is trash in new Photos app?

iPhoto had it's own trash, and when you've emptied it, files moved to the system trash. I cannot find this in the new Photos app. When I delete files, they don't appear in the system trash.
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How can I make 'rm' move files to the trash can?

I use the terminal on a daily basis, I will often use rm DirectoryName, sometimes I get a little crazy and do rm * As you can imagine these shenanigans have sometimes come back and hit me in the ...
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Emptying trash, with file-in-use: Is there any difference between 'skip' and 'continue'?

If you delete a file, but it's still in use (e.g. a document still open), and then try to empty the trash you get something like this: As best I can tell the three options do the following: Skip: ...
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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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Date trash was last emptied bash

I'm trying to find out at what date and time the trash was last emptied. Would it be the date modified of the least recently modified file? Does moving it to the trash count as modifying it?
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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a /...
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How do I delete a single file from the Trash?

I'm trying to free up space on an external drive, and after deleting a bunch of stuff, it's still showing very little actual free space. I went to the trash can, but can't seem to delete the files ...
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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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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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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 ...