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I am a user of Xubuntu and I have a problem with it. When I delete any files outside home they can't be deleted and instead of that, a message appears to me and says "Unable to find or create trash directory". I hope I find a solution for this problem, as I can't get rid of useless files. Thanks.

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It is probably a mounting problem. Please post the line from /etc/fstab where the directory resides. – Rinzwind Mar 1 '13 at 19:43
I have no folder in etc called fstab but I have fstab.d – حسن الشناوي Mar 5 '13 at 19:27
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If you have touched your /etc/fstab then you have to fix it. Your lines there must be something like /dev/sdc1 /media/Data ntfs-3g defaults,uid=1000,locale=en_US.utf8 0 2.

Note about uid=1000

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I have no folder in etc called fstab but I have fstab.d – حسن الشناوي Mar 5 '13 at 19:27
fstab is not a folder, it is a file – Mostafa Shahverdy Mar 6 '13 at 1:14
Thanks a lot , it works very well now – حسن الشناوي Jul 15 '13 at 19:58
The trick with uid=1000 (my user id on a single user system) works. But does that not mean that if there is another user, she/he will create all files with myself as the owner? There must be some other solution... – ubuplex Jan 28 '14 at 20:47

No need to have it somewhere else to copy it:

First, confirm that your normal user is ID "1000":

$ id


$ sudo mkdir -p /.Trash-1000/{expunged,files,info}
$ sudo chown -R $USER /.Trash-1000
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This did not work for me. Also, the second command entered a prompt asking for additional information. – barrypicker Aug 16 '14 at 21:42
I've edited my answer... try now. – Greg Bell Aug 18 '14 at 4:55

This happens if you delete the trash directory. If you are the only user in the system, it is a hidden directory named ".Trash-1000" in each partition (HDD or removable device). This must contain three directories: 1. "expunged" 2. "files" 3. "info"

I would suggest copying the directory from another partition and deleting the files in it.

I had the same problem and it was solved this way. Your case may be different.

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That explains why it can't "find" the trash directory. Do you have any idea why it wouldn't be able to "create" it? (I am not saying this answer is wrong; I think it is right. I'm just wondering if you have any insight into this.) – Eliah Kagan Mar 23 '13 at 17:46
I really don't know and I have the same question. – MakisH Mar 23 '13 at 17:50

My tip is to you give permissions to the trash directory, try typing chmod 777 trash in the explorer (of folders in the case)

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Never advise to give 777 permissions to anything - it is simply not useful. – guntbert Dec 4 '13 at 16:52

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