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Permanently deleting files on Mac OS

In OS X, is there a way to delete a file and bypass Trash? I want an equivalent shortcut for Shift-Delete in Windows.

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marked as duplicate by Dennis, Bob, slhck, Randolph West, Nifle Jul 15 '12 at 20:01

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Another related question at Ask Different: How to remap delete and shift+delete keys to delete and permanently delete a file in Mac OS X Lion?. The easiest way to delete files permanently would probably be to type rm -r in a shell and paste or drag the files as arguments. srm -rs would delete them securely. –  ؘؘؘؘ Jul 16 '12 at 10:31
Here is my solution to it: daemonconstruction.blogspot.in/2013/01/… –  Miraaj Jan 7 '13 at 15:27

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There is no equivalent key combination on OS X. You can delete files only passing through the Trash with the shortcut and empty trash using .

Other solutions involve Automator I guess, but I have no other suggestions about that. All I can say is run such a command on the terminal to batch the process:

rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
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Mac keyboards don't really have a "backspace" key – it's called "delete" or "backwards delete". I corrected the path to the Trash folder, it's capitalized. –  slhck Jul 15 '12 at 20:03

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