First time using a Linux dual boot Windows computer. I can't empty my trash (very full with VERY big files - I work in a bio lab). When I try to do it through the GUI it says "Preparing" and then just remains stuck on this forever (I have left it overnight and no difference)

I have tried to do it through the Terminal using the following command:

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

Now the Trash folder is completely gone from the file system but my trashcan is still full!

After doing this rm if I try to find the Trash directory in terminal using "find" it is completely missing. It is no longer in the ~/.local/share even though it was there before.

This would all be fine but my Trashcan is still full. Any suggestions?

Here are specs: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS

Intel® Core™ i7-3820 CPU @ 3.60GHz × 8

Graphics - ATI R520

GNOME - 3.28.2

64-bit OS

  • Try recreating the trash folder mkdir ~/.local/share/Trash. Aug 20, 2019 at 11:22
  • The trash also lists the trashed files of other mounted disks: try deleting <mountpoint>/.Trash-$UID/files/*.
    – t-bltg
    May 5, 2020 at 16:27

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I use $ trash-empty from the " trash-cli " package ($ sudo apt install trash-cli).

This link provides three more ways to empty trash in Ubuntu: https://vitux.com/four-ways-to-empty-the-trash-recycle-bin-in-ubuntu/ .
Sorry, for your deleted Trashcan I do not know of a solution to propose :( .

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