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I'm using the server version of Ubuntu. I was wondering if files still go into the "trash" etc. with this version.
I'm been deleting stuff and I just want to make sure the stuff is not being put into the trash.

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No trash in the Server version. The rm command deletes it.

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Thank you for the quick reply. If i delete something using something like winscp it deletes it all the way as well then i take it? –  kkiller23 May 30 '12 at 23:45
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Not sure killer. I don't use winscp. You should probably ask a new question though. –  wojox May 30 '12 at 23:57
    
@kkiller23, yes, and you can't easily get around that. I suggest you simply set up a backup solution for the inevitable accidental delete. –  geirha May 31 '12 at 0:45
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Server vs desktop has nothing to do with it. If you install the gui on server and delete files there, they go to the trash. If you rm on desktop or server, they are deleted immediately. –  psusi May 31 '12 at 2:21

You do not say how you delete files.
There could be a "trash" if you use some text mode file manager, for example.

But let's assume you use the rm command in the shell:

Normally, rm should just delete files, without using a "trash". But for various reasons, like installing something accidentally, or using an example .bashrc without checking, it could be something else - it's easy to check, so you should: Use command -v to find out what command you're running with the name rm:

$ command -v rm
/usr/bin/rm

That looks good (1). Equally, /bin/rm would be good.

If rm is changed to use trash, it may look like this:

$ command -v rm       
alias rm=trash-put

or

$ command -v rm       
alias rm=gvfs-trash

Normally, this change is only applied when rm is used in an interactive shell.

Also, you may check whether libtrash is installed in some way. It changes how progams work, including rm, on library call level.



(1) Actually, /usr/bin/rm may be safe-rm, from a package of the same name:

$ ls -l /usr/bin/rm
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 Feb  1  2014 /usr/bin/rm -> safe-rm


Answering a question from a comment:
If winscp is an implementation of scp, then you can not delete files with it; You copy files to another machine, so you get more copies. You could use it to overwrite files, though - but that's not what you talk about.

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