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  1. Rae

    Rae Peasant

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    This freakin file will NOT move to the trash. I started to download an update for a program, and then stopped. I tried to delete the file (move it to the trash) and it keeps saying "the item is being used by another task right now....try again when the task is complete."

    I've been searching Apple's help forums for a solution, and I've tried EVERYTHING. Even using the Terminal app and typing sudo chmod...blah blah blah...nothing is working.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Jakeman

    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    try restarting your computer. That will kill any active programs.
     
  3. Rae

    Rae Peasant

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    Already tried that...like I said...I tried everything I can think of.
     
  4. Jakeman

    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    what version of OS X are you running? I seem to remember something about older versions of OS X having problems with the Trash. You might try upgrading to the latest version of OS X.
     
  5. Rae

    Rae Peasant

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    I'm running OS X 10.2.4. The very latest.

    Let me be more specific as to what I have tried...

    *Repairing permissions
    *Running a virus scan
    *Show Info-making sure the file is not locked
    *Using Terminal (apple's advice)
    *Restarting
    *Restarting with extensions off
    *Deleting the file from IE's download manager
    *Deleting cookies from IE
    *Empyting Cache
    *Holding down control key when trying to move to trash
    *possibly more....

    (it's not that I neccessarily thought that some of these would do the trick...but I'm getting desperate here)

    Any other suggestions?
     
  6. Elbereth

    Elbereth MSC Commander and Donator

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    Did you:

    - From the terminal cd to the folder it is in
    - sudo rm -f <filename>

    or get rid of the whole folder:

    - From the terminal cd to the folder it is in
    - sudo rm -rf *

    (only do this from the lowest level you can)
    ?
     
  7. Rae

    Rae Peasant

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    I have no idea what you just said.
     
  8. Vokbain

    Vokbain Peasant and Donator

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    Boot into 9 and throw it out :p
     
  9. Rae

    Rae Peasant

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    THANK YOU!!!!!

    (why didn't I think of that?!)
     
  10. Haite

    Haite Forum Moderator

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    Glad that worked. What Elbereth said though is to use the Terminal and change to the directory the file is in with the cd command, then force it to delete with the -f switch on the rm command:

    Code:
    [user@computer] cd /users/rae/desktop
    [user@computer] rm -f ./file.zip
    for future reference.
     
  11. Elbereth

    Elbereth MSC Commander and Donator

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    Doh! :bonk:

    I have even seen that trick used before, but forgot about it.
     
  12. Jakeman

    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    OS 9 says,

    darrrr, permissions? what are those? *delete* :stupid2:
     

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