I was just wondering what would happen if I went and moved the Trash located here:


To my Trash? I mean if I go to that folder and right-click on the contents and tell it to move it to the Trash.

  • What would happen as it would be trying to move itself inside itself?
  • Is there another Trash it would move it into?
  • And if so, what if I also Trashed that one?
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    Just try it out? ;)
    – Byte Commander
    Jun 29 '15 at 13:03
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    Nope, I dont think you can trash the trash.. If you do, it will end up in the recycle bin :D Jun 29 '15 at 13:06
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    @ByteCommander: Moving one object inside of itself, while still having its outside remain outside itself, is impossible (at least in the dimension), so I didn't want to give it a go! :D
    – user364819
    Jun 29 '15 at 13:18
  • @ParanoidPanda yes it is. Check out Sphere inside out.
    – Ooker
    Jun 29 '15 at 15:07

A Trash folder is first created when a user deletes a file. Within that folder are three directories:

  1. files, where the deleted files are stored until the trash is emptied;
  2. info, which stores information on where the files once were and when they were deleted;
  3. expunged, to which files are briefly moved when the trash is emptied (but may contain some owned by other users from directories you deleted).

So whenever you delete a trash indeed you are calling recursively to create a new dir for the newly trashed files.

Also note that Trash exists for every user including the root account plus sometimes you could face some dirs names such as Trash-0 , Trash-1. Read my answers here and here


You can trash files inside the trash (files inside /home/USERNAME/.local/share/Trash/files/). They will just disappear for a second and then come back to the same Trash folder.

When I tried to trash the Trash folder itself (or its subdirectory "files"), I got an error by Nemo file manager that it got an illegal argument. So this seems not to work (at least not with Nemo).

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