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Unable to empty trash
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Jun 11, 2000, 09:52 PM
 
I have one folder in the trash that just refuses to get discarded. When I empty the trash, it doesn't warn me that it could not delete something. It just refuses to go away. The folder is empty. I did an Option+Empty Trash and it's still there. Techtool finds nothing wrong with the HD.

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Jun 11, 2000, 10:13 PM
 
This might be the long way but boot up with a boot cd/disk and then trash the file...
     
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Jun 11, 2000, 11:13 PM
 
Could be a few things. Run Disk First aid (DFA), and see if any errors are found. If all goes well with DFA, Use TechTool and Have it rebuild the desktop. I think this should clear up non deletables you might have (whats the file's name?)

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[This message has been edited by oscar (edited 06-11-2000).]
     
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Jun 12, 2000, 08:26 AM
 
I used disk first aid AND I rebuilt the desktop. Neither worked. The file is a folder called Enablers, frrom an old installation of Vicomsoft FTP Client.
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Jun 12, 2000, 10:55 AM
 
strip the resource fork off of it and then trash it?
     
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Jun 12, 2000, 12:28 PM
 
Ok, I finally got the folder deleted. Believe it or not, the folder had a custom icon and the hidden icon file was locked. I had to go into resedit, unlokc the icon file, make it visible. I then trashed the icon file, but the folder still would not go away.

I then rebuilt my desktop and the folder happily went away when I emptied the trash.

What a pain!!!

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Jun 12, 2000, 12:35 PM
 
Something may be using the file. Your Mac usually will not allow a busy file to be deleted. Booting with extensions off is a good way to get around this.

umm, wlonh ... I don't think folders have resource forks..

Also, this info appeared on MacFixit on a slightly different issue.. it might apply.

Update: your "fixed it" post hadn't appeared yet when I hit reply. Option-Empty Trash should have worked here. There is a free CMM plugin at Alsoft that will easily let you see & make visible any invisible items inside folders/volumes. Change Visibility CMM Plugin (you must select this file from a pop-up menu)

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