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Why does trash show some files even when there is nothing inside the trash?

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Maybe it would help to provide some more information. – txwikinger Oct 4 '10 at 4:16
Might just be a bug where it does not refresh the applet. – NightwishFan Oct 4 '10 at 5:05
I empty the trash, when I keep the mouse pointer on the trash it shows "6 items in trash", but nothing is inside the folder. I even tried to see the hidden files, no hidden files too. – Karthick Bala Oct 4 '10 at 6:39

Try checking as root:

gksudo nautilus

What is in the Trash folder.

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I have experienced the same after my disk was completely full. I emptied the trash afterwards, but even after reboot I still got the summary telling me about remaining files in the trash.

You should be able to get rid of that stuff by running

rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

(maybe with "sudo"). As far as I know the technical background is that the trash contains a summary file .trashinfo, which can get out of sync with the real content on disk.

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Perhaps there are hidden files in the trash. Toggle the hidden file visibility with ControlH.

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