I trashed some folders from an external drive using the finder. They are now in that drives .Trashes folder. When I right click them in the trash (aka Finder) and select "Delete Immediately..." it takes forever, so I was thinking to use the terminal command rm -rf on them to get rid of them. Is that going to cause problems?

  • No, it’s fine. Speed-wise there may be no benefit though. Commented Oct 6, 2018 at 14:41

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I actually do this a lot, especially if there is a huge number of files and folders in the trash. Works like a charm, and in case you empty all trash folders Finder will even update the icon to show an empty trash bin again afterwards.

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