I've got 18.5 GB of trash in my trash, I've tried emptying it, but it won't work, even when I navigate to trash folder as root within nautilus.

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    Take a look at this: askubuntu.com/questions/468721/… Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 23:02
  • @EduardoLópez Instead of posting a comment, in the future leave it as an answer with clear indication of where you got the information. For example if that page ever got deleted, that comment would be useless
    – David
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 23:04
  • @DavidCole thanks for the hint. I wrongly assumed it was better not to repeat the information again :-) Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 23:06

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As taken from here,

You can use this command :

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

The rm command removes (delete) files or directories.

-f, --force     Ignore nonexistant files, and never prompt before removing.
-r, -R, --recursive     Remove directories and their contents recursively.

The trash folder is found at: $HOME/.local/share/Trash

Be careful how to use rm command because any misuse may cause deleting sensitive system folders and files .

  • Oops, I'll make sure to add that sudo! I forget :) @draoi
    – David
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 23:19

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