My Mac has been having issues lately. It can’t empty the trash!
I put stuff in there, I hit “Empty” and it says it does, but the Trash icon still says there’s something in there. I look, and it’s not showing me any errors.
I’ve let it go for a while because I couldn’t find anything. I went to ~/.Trashes and /.Trashes and everything was empty there. This past weekend I got out my install disk and booted off it, did a full disk and permissions repair and it said that everything was all right.
Well this morning, I got the bright idea to check the bootcamp partition. Sure enough, there’s a .Trashes on that partition, with a folder called “502” in it. I went ahead and tried to just remove it…
Wako-Bytes:BOOTCAMP chris$ rm -rf .Trashes/
To which my computer told me:
rm: .Trashes//502/\004âââoÌ\001ââ.\024ââ: File name too long
rm: .Trashes//502: Directory not empty
rm: .Trashes/: Directory not empty
Doing an ‘ls’ shows me this:
Wako-Bytes:502 chris$ ls
I couldn’t move the folder, I couldn’t remove it, I couldn’t do anything.
So to fix this problem, I had to boot into Windows and run a full disk check there. During that check, it converts that whole folder into a file, which you can then REMOVE! 🙂
I’m very excited to go home now and see if that fixed all my time machine issues as well!