So I downloaded a "cracked" version of Minecraft. STUPID, I know and understand the dangers. Anyway, the download put a folder called "minecraft" on my computer. it contained a .png and a .jar file. the folder was locked and ended up buying Minecraft from Mojang. Then came the problem of deleting this file. It told me I didn't have the permissions to delete the file. I used the command:

Sudo nautilus

This managed to move the folder to trash. Now when I go to empty trash it says "ERROR WHILE DELETING". The file doesn't get deleted.... Any suggestions, tips, tricks, etc would be fantastic! :)

  • If the anwers below don't help, add the output of ls -l ~/.local/share/Trash/ – kos May 6 '15 at 9:21
  • Have a look here. You should not start graphical applications with sudo. – Pabi May 6 '15 at 9:29

Try this:

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

Of course replace the * with the folder that you wish to delete or else everything in the trash will be deleted.

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  • It worked! I'm fairly new to the linux command line, to clarify and understand rm is remove correct? What is -rf ? – jake May 6 '15 at 9:24
  • rm is to remove, r stands for recursively delete and f attempts to (forcefully) remove the file without confirmation. See more here. In this particular case this is not much of a problem but in general be very careful in using this command. Also if my post helped you, accept it as answer. – Ron May 6 '15 at 9:27

From a Terminal Window run the following:

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

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First install thunar with

sudo su  
apt-get install thunar

If you come from a VNC client (like mine ) then

xhost + 
sudo thunar

in the filemanager find trash and delete from the folder everything.

Another solution:

sudo mount --bind / /mnt 
sudo ncdu -x /mnt 

Search for the desired file and delete it with the d key.

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