I did a stupid thing. I was having issues with certain files in my trash that my system was not allowing my to delete, meaning I could no longer empty my trash. These were not super important files, just theme folders I was creating and ditching. After getting frustrated, I googled it and was led to executing this script sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/*which looks as though it totally removed my trash...completely and now I can no longer add items to it. How can I restore my trash once again? I know it's probably as simple as re-creating the file, but I'm unsure of the terminal language to do this.

Thanks in advance.

TL;DR I removed my trash directory with sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/*and need help getting it back/making a new one.



cd ~
mkdir .local/share/Trash
mkdir .local/share/Trash/expunged
mkdir .local/share/Trash/files
mkdir .local/share/Trash/info
chmod -R 700 .local/share/Trash

... and then restart nautilus with nautilus -q. I am not sure it will work, it is just recreating the structure I have with an empty trash; you can safely ignore error about existing directory.

Notice, no sudo here. The trash is yours, should be manageable without superuser privileges; as a general rule, you should never use sudo to manage file in your home directory --- unless you have to fix previous sudo usage, that is.

If you have messed with superuser in this dirs, you may need to fix the ownership...

sudo chown -R myuser .local/share/Trash

Where myuser is your normal user, of course.

And BTW, the "not erasable file" was probably a file in another partition.

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    No need to give ~ argument to cd — it defaults to home if run without arguments.
    – Ruslan
    Oct 16 '14 at 17:24
  • @Ruslan you are right --- and probably mkdir -m 700 -p ~/.local/share/Trash/{expunged,files,info} would work in most shells, but call it defensive shell commanding ;-)
    – Rmano
    Oct 16 '14 at 19:41
  • Unfortunately, this did not work. I was repeatedly told in terminal cannot create directory bc it already exists. When I navigate to .local/share/trash I can see the folders expunger, files and info. Files ans info have root permissions so I think that's the problem. How can I change this? Oct 16 '14 at 21:59
  • @Rmano mkdir -p ~/.local/share/Trash && cd ~/.local/share/Trash && mkdir expunged files info && chmod -R 700 . Oct 17 '14 at 2:11
  • @gastronomin, I edited the answer. Hope it works...
    – Rmano
    Oct 17 '14 at 7:13

I had a similar problem in Ubuntu 14.04 : Thrash opened, but it was not possible to delete anything from it. I installed of the Ubuntu repository program BleachBit, I launched it, and the problem was solved.

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