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 can I trash a “windows.old” folder in Mac OS X?

I deleted the windows.old folder when I am in Mac OS X and it is now in the trash. However, I found neither can I empty the trash nor put the folder back to the drive with Windows installed. If I ...
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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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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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OS X won't move files to Trash

I am trying to delete some things and put them in my trash. It says "Moving items to trash", but the dialog is now open since 24 hours. When I try to empty my trash it won't let me due to the fact ...
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What is the point of the .trashes file in Mac Os X?

What is the point of the '/.trashes' file in Mac Os X? It appears to be useless. I've never seen it being used by programmers. Would it be bad to delete it?
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“Directory not empty” when I try to remove a folder from trash

I am going crazy: I can not delete a folder inside the trash of my external drive. The file path is /Volumes/drive_name/.Trashes/501/dir_name/ I tried sudo rm -R /Volumes/drive_name/.Trashes/501/...
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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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Is it possible to interrupt or cancel the trash-delete process?

I am connected to the company server, onsite not remote, which is Windows based. When, in the OS finder, I go to delete a file or directory that resides on the window-based server, the trash progress ...
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File in Trash unable to be deleted

OSX El Capitan won't let me delete a file in my Trash. I've tried everything -- the secret keyboard shortcut, going to ~/.Trash in Terminal and doing an rm -rf, etc. Here's a Bash session that shows ...
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Intelligent cleaning up the Trash on GNU/Linux

Currently I see no solution to clean up ~/.local/share/Trash in an intelligent way. Intelligent means: When a specific threshold value (complete size of Trash, age of file or delete-timestamp, count ...
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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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Files deleted from iTunes library don't go to Trash

I am running OS X 10.6.7 and iTunes 10.4. When I delete music or a podcast from the library in iTunes, I get a warning whether I would like to keep or move the file to Trash. I respond that I want ...
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Emptying the trash takes “forever”: is using rm -r safe to use in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

Emptying my Trash in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) (non securely) is taking about three hours (about 1.5 million files, from a Time Machine backup). I had to stop the process a few times already, because I ...
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“Unable to find or create a directory of the trash” on NTFS partition

I use RFRemix, desctop XFCE4 ]$ uname -a Linux localhost.localdomain 3.17.4-302.fc21.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Dec 4 19:12:43 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux When I try to delete from NTFS ...
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How to restore all the files from trash in Mac OS X?

I can put back the items one by one, but there are too many files, how could I restore all the files in the trash?
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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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When Deleting Files from External Drive I am Constantly Being Prompted for Assurance

I have the new Mac Pro with 10.9.3. The Home Folder is on a separate drive using magnetic links. Lately things have not been running normally. One of the main issues is that every time I want to ...
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Can't open Trash: operation not supported

I messed up with some .h files some days ago and since then I have strange issues with my Linux Mint 17. I cannot open my Trash, I get an error saying something like "sorry could not display all the ...
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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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Can items deleted from “Trash” be recovered?

On a Mac we have the option to delete items securely from trash, while deleting it warns that: "once deleted items will not be recovered". Is there any way by which items deleted normally, not ...
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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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Can't find / open recycle bin in Windows 7

This may sound like a stupid question but I've configured my Desktop to display the Trashcan but I cannot click on it because I've got so many files and folder on my desktop that these flow past the ...
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How to recover a PowerPoint file that was deleted on Mac?

I deleted everything from my computer because I thought I didn’t need any of the documents. Unfortunately, I do. I put everything in the trash bin and then deleted everything from there. I am ...
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Windows 7 - Run program when Recycle Bin Emptied

Is there a way to make a program run every time the Recycle Bin is emptied in windows 7?
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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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Deleted files still taking up space on OS X Lion

Last night I started to delete 100GB worth of VirtualBox disk images on a MBP running Lion. A dialog box opened saying that the trash was preparing to empty, but nothing happened for a good 20 minutes....
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Files on my Mac have disappeared and are not in the Trash

I had few folders where the contents are missing (Desktop, Documents, Download, Files and a few folders from Library/Application Support). I also realized that those folders are the first few in my ...
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Why is rm -rf ~/.Trash/* much faster than clicking “empty trash”?

On a Mac computer, when you write rm -rf ~/.Trash/* in the terminal, it almost instantly deletes all the files in the Trash. But when I click "empty trash", it takes forever to delete them all.
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Mac Trash won't empty, and rm ~/.Trash/* does nothing

The Trash icon on my Dock shows the Trash containing files. I tried right-clicking and Empty Trash, but it still shows files there. When I open the Trash folder in Finder, I can see several files ...
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No user list in the login screen after changing the user ID

Edit: Problem 1 has been resolved. I followed this link and changed my user id to 1000 (same as Linux user id), so that I can share files freely between Mac and Linux. Now I have these two problems: ...
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Linux Ubuntu, How to clean cookies from web browsers

How do I empty the trash though the terminal, and how do I get rid of cookies that have accumulated in the web browsers under linux?
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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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Safe substitute for OS X `rm`?

I am used to having rm to alias something safer. I have been using osx-trash, but once I upgrade to Ruby 1.9.2, this stops working. I know about trash-cli from Python, but I would much prefer ...
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Confusing trashes, can't delete stuff

I'm "cleaning" my computer and USB keys and this requires a whole lot of deleting. I've gone though everything on my OS HDD, and now moving on to keys. My trash is initially EMPTY. When trying to ...
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How can an app delete large files without using the Trash?

The App Store app "Trash Without" states the ability to permanently delete large files instantly, avoiding the OS X Trash entirely. How can it do that?
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Is the “Trash” bin an application or a directory/folder?

If a simple directory, is it possible to edit links to it so they now point toward a different directory? A different directory that will perform the same tasks as the original "Trash" folder normally ...
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Can't secure empty trash in OS X

I'm trying to empty the trash but it shows an alert that prompts me to Stop or Continue. When I click Continue it terminates the process – but how do I format or empty the trash in OS X?
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Public domain app to send files to trash in OS X

Is there any Public Domain (using the unlicense or something similar, not really relevant) app that sends files to the trash in OS X? There are a bunch of alternatives to this (example), but I need a ...
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Unable to delete File [duplicate]

I'm completely unable to delete a file, which doesn't even show up in Windows, but does in OSX (Mountain Lion) this file was created after uninstalling AppServ (local webserver) Now I need to ...
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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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Secure Empty Trash shows over 60,000 items - Trash folder shows 60

On OS X 10.5.8, I opened all folders in the Trash & it shows 60 items total. I clicked "Secure Empty" and it showed over 60,000 items being deleted. I stopped the Secure Empty but I'm sure it ...
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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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Linux: Command to empty recycle bin

What is the shell command to empty the garbage bin under Linux?
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Fast Way To Securely Empty Trash in OS 10.4.11

How can I quickly "empty the trash" using "secure empty trash"? As of now, it takes for ever to empty large files. Thank you
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Move to Local Trash when deleting IMAP messages in Thunderbird

I have tried to find a solution for this for a while now without luck. Wanted to check if there already is an add-on or easy hack before I attempt to write my own. In my opinion this must be quite a ...
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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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Where do files and directories go when I run 'rm -rf folder_or_file_name' in Ubuntu 10.04?

When I delete folders or files in the Nautilus GUI, those folders/files go to Trash but where do folders/files go when I run rm -rf folder_or_file_name in terminal in Ubuntu 10.04?
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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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Is there a way to empty trash and compress a folders on all of my Thunderbird IMAP accounts with a single click?

OK, actually that will take clicks: one click for emptying the trash, and the second click to compress the folders. I want to do this on all my IMAP accounts in Thunderbird, so I don't have to do it ...
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Fresh re install of debian does not empty trash in gnome

I used to have 2 partitions on my 750 GB disk. The first one : 200 GB for windows The second one : 500 GB for debian Lately, I decided to throw away windows by deleting everything on the 200 GB ...