I'm having a weird problem where my Trash Bin in Unity launcher is showing full when its not. Usually it wouldn't bother me but its been happening so often lately its getting annoying. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I would just delete the files, and if the bin is still full I would open a Terminal (
T), type "
xkill" and press enter. This will change the mouse pointer into an X. Hover the mouse over the Unity Dashboard and press the left mouse button. This will kill the dashboard, and one second later it will come back.
EDIT: The xkill approach will kill the session and the apps running in it and you'll have to login again. It does result in an empty trashcan icon though. (Tested under 14.04): It appears this is a long standing bug with many duplicates see: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-applets/+bug/269441
The trash on the desktop tries to sum up all the trashes current user can access.
Each disk, each drive, has got its own trash, sort of speaking.
So (desktop) trash staying full after the usb stick is unplugged means :
- trash has not been emptied while usb stick was plugged in,
- deleted files on that usb stick are still present, they've just been moved to the "onboard" .trash folder but not actually deleted.
If that happens just plug in back that usb stick, or external drive, and deleted files will appear again inside the (desktop) trash. Now empty that trash and files from all "connected" trashes will be actually deleted.
It's not a bug. It's just how trashes work under linux-ubuntu.