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Smallwheels
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Help Me Empty The Trash Reply with quote

I'm trying to empty the trash. It started with 9073 items and is down to 5028. The Mac notified me that I do not have sufficient privileges to delete some of the files. How do I overcome this and delete everything? It also asked me if I would like to continue anyway and I clicked yes. Still nothing is happening to remove the remainder of the files.

I've got some GoToMeetimg programs that wouldn't work on 10.5.8 due to them not working on such an old OS. There are some disc images from other OSs I downloaded, and some other programs that aren't being used. The rest of it is image files and text files.

Nothing on my computer is encrypted or password protected separately from the log in password. What must I do to get rid of these files?



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try:
click on Finder
Go up to Finder on the the menu bar
click and hold on Finder
Press the option key

notice how Empty Trash Changes

Now try to empty the trash by selecting the new Empty Trash option
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. Your instructions worked. What was the cause of me not having permission to delete some files? I am the owner of the machine and I have the password. Maybe it should have just asked me to enter my password to delete the remaining files.

So pressing the option key gave me the ability to delete the files. What exactly was the option key doing? Was it overriding the block? Was it giving me the permission or authority to delete the files? Is this just a hack that Apple has missed handling? I really want to know.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes files are in use, or the OS thinks they are in use, so the Finder doesn't want to delete them.

Using the Option-Empty Trash I would imagine is telling the OS to force(override) the trash to empty. It's not a hack or something that was missed as it's been a part of Mac use since System 6.

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