View Full Version : [ubuntu] Items in trash won't delete

Jack Shankle
February 21st, 2009, 05:04 PM
I screwed up Thunderbird a couple of times and had to delete it
and start over.
Those items are now in the Trash and I can't delete them because
of permission problems. I'm very afraid of using "SUDO" anymore
as I wiped out Ubuntu using SUDO to change permissions for /usr/local/src.
What should I do, please.
Thanks for any help.

2% Ubuntu working on 3%

February 21st, 2009, 05:06 PM
I also am having a problem with this. I have a 2gb file in my trashcan, it has a lock on it and won't let me delete it? How can I?

February 21st, 2009, 05:10 PM
Take a look at the tutorial with the link to Trash in my signature line. Most likely you have some trash owned by root in your trash bin.

The short answer, start up nautilus with admin powers (gksudo nautilus), navigate to the Trash bin and delete the items or the entire Trash folder using SHIFT-DEL. Warning: Be careful what you delete. You can remove system files if you aren't careful and there is no recovery from a SHIFT-DEL operation.

February 21st, 2009, 05:14 PM
hi, maybe some script changed your files ownership to root, go to the terminal and type

sudo chown -hR youruser .local/share/Trash/

this will change all your Trash files ownership to your current user and you'll be able to empty your trash

Jack Shankle
February 21st, 2009, 05:21 PM
Found answer on this forum under "trash permission problem".
It solved my problem.

February 22nd, 2009, 04:03 AM
There are a few different ways of handling the problem mentioned in this thread: