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I usually delete files permanently using Shift+Delete.

But once I accidentally sent an item to the Trash can using just Delete and got this error:

"Trash can touched maximum limit/Empty Trash can manually".

But when I view the contents of the Trash can, it appears that it is actually empty: no files, no hidden files and no used space.

My OS is Kubuntu 12.04.1 LTS.

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Ianhu how is that question related to mine? Also 1.I got my answer already, 2.That question is also newer than mine so my question is not in no way a duplicate. – adi May 28 '14 at 7:27
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The notice is based on the metadata file and not the actual content of the trash folder. Check for this file for the cache size (if you want):


2 methods of getting rid of the notice:

  • Remove it and the system will create a new file when you delete a file as a user.
  • You can also edit the file and change size={number} to size=0
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Thank you, it worked like a charm – adi Jan 17 '13 at 16:07
I don't see metadata in ~/.local/share/Trash. I see just three subfolders: info, files, and expunged. Is metadata specific to Kubuntu? I'm on Lubuntu 12.10. – user25656 Jan 17 '13 at 16:27
@vasa1 gnome and kde. not sure about lubuntu. – Rinzwind Jan 17 '13 at 18:14
@Rinzwind, do you think it's worth making a separate question on this? – user25656 Jan 17 '13 at 18:19
if you do make the Q as thorough as possible and include a reference to this topic as not working for you so it does not get closed as a dupe. @vasa1 I only see this msg icm with kde so it could be something else. – Rinzwind Jan 17 '13 at 18:23

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