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I'm having a weird problem where my Trash Bin in Unity launcher is showing full when its not. Usually it wouldn't bother me but its been happening so often lately its getting annoying. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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I think this might be caused by a bug associated with trashing items on an external hard drive. I've filed a bug report here: . If you experience the same behavior, please click on the green line "This bug affects ... users. Does it affect you?" -> "Yes, it affects me too." – Andre Nov 8 '12 at 19:15

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I would just delete the files, and if the bin is still full I would open a Terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T), type "xkill" and press enter. This will change the mouse pointer into an X. Hover the mouse over the Unity Dashboard and press the left mouse button. This will kill the dashboard, and one second later it will come back.

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Thanks that helped I also found that I could jusr run unity --replacevia HUD and it reloads the panel. – shaneo May 17 '12 at 17:15
"unity --replace" seems like it's broken too, it kills my whole session and kicks me back to the login screen. – Ben Lutgens Jun 17 at 15:30

I had the same issue. Files that were deleted from a USB drive were causing the Trash to appear full even though it was empty. As soon as I emptied the trash with the USB drive mounted, the trash was cleared.

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Good solution. That trash was starting to smell. – H2ONaCl Jun 20 '13 at 8:16

Found that deleting files from ext-HDD causes the trash bin to be full even though its not. The solution is to move the files you want to delete from external to trash-bin than empty. Or log out and log back in

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Is this the solution instead? Or a comment to your original post? – david6 Sep 24 '12 at 8:13

This isn't really a solution, it's a work around. I would think that correct behavior would be for the Trash icon to not try to account for trash bins for drives that aren't mounted!

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