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Mac OS X: Empty Trash (the hard way)

by Vincent on May 13th, 2010

I just ran into a small Mac OS X Snow Leopard bug when I wanted to empty the trash. It gave me the -8003 error after the empty trash command in Finder. A quick search on Google teaches me that this is a Snow Leopard bug. So how to fix this issue?

  1. Open up the Terminal “Applications > Utilities > Terminal”
  2. Enter the command: “rm -rf ~/.Trash/*” (without the quotes of course)
  3. Hit enter
  4. The files are removed, if not you could execute this command again with “sudo” before it. This makes you a super user which has more rights to remove files. But be careful you could harm your Mac. The full command will look like this: “sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*”

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  1. Ciagniki Ursus Uzywane permalink

    Appreciate it for helping out, great info .

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