I am not able to delete a folder from my trash. It shows:

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I have followed the following: Why can't I delete a folder in my trash?

But, it did not help. My deleted folder shows up in 'Trash' folder not in ~/.local/share/Trash/. I have Ubuntu 17.04 (development branch) in my machine.

Output of sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/* is:

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Output of sudo rm -rf /media/wings/B6A411BAA4117E55/.Trash-1000/ is:

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  • Please tell us the output of sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/* – pLumo Jan 5 '17 at 15:57
  • It's nothing: blank – Wings Jan 5 '17 at 16:00
  • Did it delete the file in question ? – George Udosen Jan 5 '17 at 16:05
  • Please copy any output and paste into your post, no text in image allowed, or is discouraged. – George Udosen Jan 5 '17 at 16:17
  • And that command [sudo rm -rf /media/wings/B6A411BAA4117E55/.Trash-1000/] you ran should end in a file name I don't see one – George Udosen Jan 5 '17 at 16:18

The description in that article "Why can't I delete a folder in my trash?" works only for your local Trash. If the file you want to delete is on an external drive, you need to type

sudo rm -rf /path/to/external-drive-mountpoint/.Trashes/*

replace the path accordingly.


According to the error messages, the problem exists because your external drive is mounted read only. There are many questions around here related to that problem.

  • I have mount point as: / ; and using $ sudo rm -rf /.trashes/* gives nothing. – Wings Jan 5 '17 at 16:04
  • I mean the mountpoint of the external drive .... something like/media/username/hdd/. Find out using lsblk – pLumo Jan 5 '17 at 16:05
  • So a right click won't delete ? – George Udosen Jan 5 '17 at 16:06
  • @ RoVo, plz check the description for the output of: sudo rm -rf /path/to/external-drive-mountpoint/.Trashes/* – Wings Jan 5 '17 at 16:14
  • Okay then it's a different problem. Search for that read only file system error here, there are many questions to this problem – pLumo Jan 5 '17 at 16:22

I needed to check disk for errors but fsck did not work too. Then I used my Windows to

  • check for errors in that drive, and
  • repair.

Did reboot and everything was ok.

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