[clug] Emptying trash

jhock jhock at iinet.net.au
Sat Nov 21 16:40:51 MST 2009

On Sun, 2009-11-22 at 09:10 +1100, Brett Worth wrote:
> keith sayers wrote:
> > 	I am using Suse and have developed an odd problem trying the empty trash - I 
> > get an error message :  "[long file name] does not exist".  I have used 
> > Konsole to go down the directory structure to Trash/files and sure enough the 
> > stated file name is not there, but there is another - but different - long 
> > file name which I cannot remove with RM.  This latter has some spaces in it.  
> > Could there be a connection and could anybody suggest how to clear them?
> You can delete a file with spaces in the filename by surrounding the name with quotes.  Or
> a really easy way is to type the first couple of characters and do a <TAB> for filename
> completion.  This will escape the spaces with a "\".
> You can also use wildcards in the "rm" with the "-i" option.  This will prompt for each
> file asking y or n.
> [dart] touch a.c b.c
> [dart] rm -i *.c
> rm: remove regular empty file `a.c'? y
> rm: remove regular empty file `b.c'? n
> [dart]
> As usual there's a lot of ways to do it.
> Brett

You may also wish to use the -f option which should "force" the rm if
you are still having trouble removing the file.  eg.

	rm -fi *.c


Use the 

	sudo rm -fi 

command to force the rm using root but make sure it is the right file to


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