I am trying to delete a folder that I imported from a MacOS device using SMB, but I have not yet found a way to delete it. I tried using the Nautilus utility to gain permissions to delete the folder, but it did not work. I also obtain the same results when trying to restore the folder. The error occurs even when elevating the account, The folder is quite small in size, 1 GB approximately.

Any ideas?

Error message:

You do not have sufficient permissions to delete


2 Answers 2


You always have the permission to do anything on Linux (Ubuntu in this case). Whenever you are prompted with

You don't have sufficient permission

always use sudo. Except when you are not a sudo user, in which case you can't do anything.

Use the terminal to gain sudo access.

  1. Open trash by typing cd .local/share/Trash in terminal.
  2. Type sudo rm -rf * sudo gives you the permission, rm is the command to remove and -rf is the force remove flag, and * means everything. i.e., it will empty you trash.
  3. If you want to delete a particular file then instead of step 2 type sudo rm -rf FileName which in your case FileName is 'Videos Edit'.
  • Thanks for your help. I managed to follow your steps within the terminal but without success. The folder still remains in the Trash folder. Kind Regards!
    – Ibex Capra
    Apr 17, 2020 at 20:40
  • @peter Type "sudo su" and then the password. And then again try "rm -rf Videos Edit" command in the trash directory. It should not make any difference but try once. Apr 19, 2020 at 13:56
  • be carefull to rmeove only the files/ directory to actually need to be removed
    – Carmine
    Aug 30, 2021 at 5:09

Try to do it with root permissions:

  1. Open terminal window (ctrl + alt + t)
  2. Type sudo rm -rf /.local/share/Trash/* fro remove all Trash content with root permissions
  • Hi, thanks for the response. I attempted this step without success. The folder is still there for some reason, no matter if I attempt from the terminal or Files.
    – Ibex Capra
    Apr 17, 2020 at 20:39

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