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  1. mud

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    Ok, I want to throw away 4 clips of movies, So naturally I try to drag them into the trash. When I do it gives me this, "The item 'itemname here' is being used by another task right now. (Other tasks include moving, copying, or emptying the trash.) Try again when the other task is complete."

    Ok, so I quit all apps and tried again, same error. Restarted my comp, same error. WTF is up?

    Im using:
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    512Ram
     
  2. cowofwar

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    It's the finder trying to preview them.

    Just open up your console and delete them that way.
     
  3. kraahl

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    I get that on my peecee, with a few media files, they are corrupt so I don´t want them. Windoze says it´s used by another program.

    Doesn´t help you though.
     
  4. mud

    mud Peasant

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    Im still new to OS X, how do I delete through the terminal?
     
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    type rm then drag file to console window and hit return
    or sudo rm if it says you don't have permission.

    You can rm -r and drag the folder containing all the files as well.
     
  6. mud

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    it is still saying permission denied.
     
  7. Haite

    Haite Forum Moderator

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    Then use sudo rm, like cow said. The root user has permission to do anything. Type sudo rm in the console then drag the files, and it (should?) prompt you for the root password.
     
  8. mud

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    it does, I login and still says permission denied.
     
  9. Elbereth

    Elbereth MSC Commander and Donator

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    cd into the folder that contains the files and do:

    sudo rm - rf *

    That should do it - gets rid of everything below and in that folder.
     
  10. DunAzrael

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    tryin to delete porn so your mom doesnt find it on the computer? Ohhoho, I remember those days.
     
  11. harleyb

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    root doesn't have permission? sounds kinda ghetto... i'd suggest running fix disk permissions in disk utility.
     
  12. ogopogo

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    restart in os9 and chuck it away there?
     
  13. Gilgamesh

    Gilgamesh MSC Footman

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    I've had that problem once in awhile and doesn't it work if you repair the permissions on the harddrive, then try to chuck it out? At least, it has worked for me in the past... and I didn't have to go into the terminal to do it. (I'm still not familiar in the terminal)...
     
  14. Arisu

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    Yes, the matrix has many faces.


    Ive recently got an upgrade on my school computer, to OSX. I have the admin pass now, its fun to surf through. Ill have to check this terminal thing out now though... :(
     

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