The Trash is a place for deleted files, from where they can be restored or permanently deleted. Usually, "Trash" is used for Linux and Unix systems whereas Windows uses "Recycle Bin"

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How to delete trash items using terminal?

I have some important and some unimportant items in trash. I need to delete the unimportant files from trash, but when I empty the trash, my important files are also deleted. How to delete trash ...
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Linux: Command to empty recycle bin

What is the shell command to empty the garbage bin under Linux?
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Put files deleted over the network into a Windows trash can?

From a Windows workstation when I delete files over the network (e.g. a file share, server disk, etc) those files are never put into a trash can, either on my Windows workstation or on the server - ...
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Can items deleted from “Trash” be recovered?

On a Mac we have option to delete items securely from trash, while deleting it warns that: "once deleted items will not be recovered". I want to know that is there any way by which items deleted ...
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unexpected trash contents

As I was proceeding to empty the trash on this machine (Mac OS X version 10.6.3), a listing of thousands of items began accumulating. Trash itself shows some 237 items, many of them folders labeled ...
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Trash won't empty in Mac OS X

When I am trying to secure empty my trash, I get a dialogue box saying: The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items."
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How to restore deleted from Ubuntu trash items?

How to restore deleted items from the Ubuntu trash?
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How can I free files that are in use by quicklook?

I have a couple pictures I was looking through and deleting stuck in my trash (Mac OS X 10.6 latest) and finder tells me they are in use when I try to delete them. I looked around online and found ...
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Delete the pendrive contents and also trash in Mac OS X?

I am using a MacBook Pro. I copied some data from my pen drive to my Mac and deleted the content by moving it to trash. After that when I see the info of pen drive it give more value than the ...
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How do I automatically empty the trash on logout?

Users on a linux (CentOS4) machine I administer consistently forget to empty the trash. Since the people work on big files, this can fill up the /home partition very quickly. Therefore, I would like ...
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Move file to Trash on Snow Leopard from Terminal

Snow Leopard allows users to "Put Back" files that were moved to the Trash from Finder. However, when I do mv <file> ~/.Trash from the command line I don't get the "Put Back" option. Is there a ...
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Efficiently and Safely Deleting or Un-Trashing Time Machine Backups

I have been storing my Time Machine backups on an external drive. Noticing that space was getting low, I viewed that external drive in the Finder, selected a bunch of the folders and moved them to the ...
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How do I empty the trash in Ubuntu 9.10?

I have been deleting files on my machine for several months now. The deleted files are likely to be using up considerable space on my HD. I want to empty trash, but cant fond out how to do it. I ...
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Deleting a single file from the trash in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

In earlier versions of Mac OS X one could delete a file from the trash by opening a terminal window and typing rm ~/.Trash/file_i_want_to_delete. See this previous post. Unlike earlier versions in ...
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How to show Trash on Desktop (Mac)?

Is there any way to show icon of Trash on Desktop? The Trash is displayed on Dock. I have tried to create an alias to ~/.Trash on my Desktop, but it is just an alias and does not have the same ...
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How do I create a shortcut key to trash all files in a particular folder?

I'd like to be able to utilize such a shortcut without having to actually be in Finder looking at the folder whose contents I want to delete. For example, I could be surfing the 'net and suddenly ...
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Instead of using RM. I want to use a custom “soft delete” command

Instead of using the "RM" command for things. I would like to have a custom command that would move the file to a "trash" folder with the dir it had. for example. If a file was ...
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How disable mac snow leopard creating .Spotlight-V100 and .Trash folders in USB Flash Drivers?

Everytime I put a USB Flash Driver the Mac OS X creates 2 folders .Trash and .Spotlight-V100. Is it possible to disable this operation?
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How to tell where an item in the Trash came from?

The Mac OS X 10.6 Trash shows an option "Put back" for files that were trashed after installing 10.6. However, it does not show where the file will be put back to. So: using Finder, is there any way ...
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Is there a way to force Time Machine to backup the .Trash Folder?

I am sure though that we have run into the scenario where we have thought that we no longer need that file and we put it in the the Trash. The whole purpose of the .Trash (even Recycle Bin on Windows) ...
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Nautilus cannot move to trash

Thing takes place on ubuntu. I want to move a file to trash. I am not the owner of the file, but file belongs to root:samba, and I am member of samba group, and file permissions are rwxrw-r-- There ...
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How can I speed up the deleting of very large directories on XP?

I regularly check out incredibly huge directories onto my XP machine. When it comes down to deleting and finally trashing them, it takes forever. Is there any way to speed this process up?
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Problems with Mac's Trash

I deleted a HUGE load of backup from an external HD (about 5 million files). Since then, the folder is "stuck" in Trash, never deleted. Once I go to Terminal and do: rm -rf ~/.Trash It deletes ...
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Quickly Empty Trash in Mac OS X

Emptying the trash in OS X can be a long process, especially If you have lots of items (like me). This is after 5 minutes: Is there a way to quickly empty the trash, or make the process a whole lot ...
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how to delete a single item from trash forever in mac os x

There are 20 items in the trash. I want to delete a single selected item from trash. How is it possible? I asked this question because in the following circumstances I was confused. Suppose I ...
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How do I delete a file using the Terminal from my Trash in Mac OS X?

From a previous question I have applied following command to my file. sudo chflags -R nouchg TopSites.plist sudo chmod 444 TopSites.plist Now that the file is locked, I don't know how to remove it. ...
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Why does emptying the trash in Snow Leopard take so long?

Since installing Mac OS X 10.6, whenever I empty the trash, it takes about 50x as long as it used to under 10.5. I just emptied about 100 files (totaling 50 megs / all local files), and it was about ...
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How can I restore an item from the Trash in Mac OS X?

Windows provides restore item to the position from where it was deleted. But I couldn't find any option to restore an item from trash. Is it possible to restore an item from where it was moved to ...
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How to empty the trash?

There is a strange file in my Trash that doesn't go away when I empty the trash. The file name looks like: ␀␀␀õ␀␀.õ␀ The file is apparently in /Volumes/NO NAME/.Trashes/501/ ("NO NAME" is my boot ...
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AppTrap alternative? (Deleting Applications)

I've been using AppTrap for some time now, however it's no longer being maintained. Is their something similar out there that's being actively maintained and will work with the next OS release?
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Empty the contents of Trash for only a single volume

How can I empty the Trash only for an attached external drive, but not at the same time for the internal hard disk?