I have the trash dialog box up, and it's frozen. What process needs to be killed in order to remove it, without having to restart?

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Try killall Finder in Terminal.app.

  • wont that close all open programs in finder?
    – Eric Leroy
    Oct 12, 2012 at 1:50
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    it will only stop the finder, no other apps. since the finder is what is frozen, it would be what you have to kill
    – segiddins
    Oct 12, 2012 at 1:51

Relaunch the Finder if you don't want to use the terminal. Apple menu > Force quit... > Finder > Relaunch.

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    This worked, easier to use than terminal for most users.
    – xbsd
    Nov 7, 2014 at 18:15

If you want to stop ONLY the Empty Trash process, open the Activity Monitor utility and force quit the Locum process.

Enter your admin password when requested.

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    I don't see Locum. Has is been renamed?
    – Matt
    Jan 1, 2016 at 18:00

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