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I am try to empty the Trash, which takes forever. Most of the files have been removed, but I am left with several that will not delete, and I now get the following message:

The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items.

The folders and files that remain in Trash cannot be 'Put Back'. How can I remove these files from Trash?

In Terminal, I have typed in cd ~/.Trash then rm -rf ~/.Trash/* but nothing happens. How do you execute a command in Terminal? Do you hit Enter?

I am new to OS X and have never used Terminal before, so I am very wary of how best to proceed. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

I now know that if I 'Move To Trash' individual files and empty folders, the are removable from Trash. However I still need to remove the ones already there.

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There's actually a number of causes of this so the solution varies. Often simply logging out and back in does the trick. If that doesn't work try repairing permissions through the menu. If that doesn't have an effect try Cmd +Option + Shift + Backspace. As a last resort you can also type this into the terminal

sudo rm -rf /.Trash ~/.Trash
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    Repairing permissions: good call.
    – Ian C.
    May 20, 2011 at 15:20
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The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items.

That's indicative of you not having administrator access to the machine. Does the system ask for your password when you initiate an Empty Trash action from the trash can icon in the Dock? Do you know if you're an administrator on the machine?

How do you execute a command in Terminal? Do you hit Enter?

Yes, you hit Enter to execute what ever you've typed at the prompt. But this is dangerous stuff to be doing if you've never used the command line before.

If you really want to go down this route, you need to prefix your rm call with sudo. Like so:

sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

Be very, very careful with those commands. You can quickly render your machine inoperable with a poorly thought out, sudo'ed, rm call.

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If you're not experienced with the command line you may want to try out BatChmod. It has a handy Force Empty Trash command that does the trick.

http://www.macchampion.com/arbysoft/BatchMod/Download.html

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