I'm new to Ubuntu and programming and to this forum (first post!). So I'm usually very careful about everything I do, because I'm so afraid of making a mistake and breaking something beyond repair. So here's the thing:

I've recently started learning Java and installed eclipse Oxygen on my Ubuntu 16 (32 bits). A few days ago I noticed that there's a folder named "eclipse" in my trash can that won't disappear even when I empty the trash. I tried removing it using the GUI (right click, remove), but an error message followed, telling me this: "Failed to delete the item from the trash".

I wonder if it's okay to try to forcefully delete the eclipse folder (using the command rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/filename, as I've seen in other posts in this forum), or if I should just leave it there. I mean, maybe it's part of how eclipse works, a way to retrieve deleted projects or something...

So, I just want to know if it's okay to try deleting it with this command:

rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/
  • The files in Trash has nothing to do with system performance. If this file had some sort of effects on how eclipse works, eclipse must have shown some symptoms. Just go ahead and delete it. You might need sudo privileges. – Kulfy Nov 10 '18 at 13:01
  • Sometimes root trash ends up in your local Trash bin so you will need

    sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/


sudo chown -R username ~/.local/share/Trash
rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/*
  • You can also find the info about these in


  • No harm in force delete files or folders in trash if you are sure that these were not deleted by mistake.

  • Thank you very much! I was able to delete the folder in trash through the GUI after typing this command sudo chown -R username ~/.local/share/Trash :) – user872852 Nov 10 '18 at 14:14

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