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I am deleting files from my filesystem because I am running out of space but I do not get any more free space after deleting them. I cannot locate these files and they are not in trash. I do not know if that makes any difference but I have deleted some of these files being logged as root.

Any ideas ?

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Yes it make all the difference because root has a separate trash.

To empty it you may paste this on terminal: gksudo nautilus ‘/root/.Trash/’ to open the trash and then remove it's files.

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You might also hold the shift key down and then hit the delete button.(shift-delete) These files will not go into trash but they will be permanently deleted, so these files will not be recoverable.

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I am having this same problem in Ubuntu 12.10. I am using the MATE desktop which uses Caja as the file manager. I have tried opening both Caja and Nautilus as root but I can not access the trash folder for root... I get an error message saying that it can not find the folder.

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