View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] Wastebin icon problem/Ubuntu 8.10

December 16th, 2008, 10:51 AM
I installed Ubuntu 8.10 . I have noticed that the wastebin icon, bottom left corner, shows up full even after I have emtied the wastebin. If memory serves me correct, on Ubuntu 8.04 when there were waste in the bin, the icon showed a full wastebin, and after emtying it the icon changed to show a empty bin. This is not the case by me at the moment. The icon always shows a full bin regardless if it is full or empty. Is this normal for 8.10? If not how can one fix it?

December 16th, 2008, 11:05 AM
Perhaps there are hidden file in there. Have you tried to view hidden files in the trash?

Alternatively you can try to force emptying the trash from the command line: (warning: make sure to enter the command exactly as written here, be very careful)

This will delete files in the root trash

sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/.Trash/files/*

This will delete your own trash, replace [user] with your username

sudo rm -rf /home/[user]/.local/share/.Trash/files/*

Hope this helps.

December 16th, 2008, 11:08 AM
Hi germanix,
PartisanEntity (http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=192328) was faster...

you can also check in

gconf-editorand navigating to apps/nautilus/desktop/
if there is a option to change the display of the trash icon.

December 16th, 2008, 11:12 AM
p.s. to delete hidden files replace the '*' with '.*'. But again, be very very careful.