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Apple KBase article on deleting trashed files System
Not sure if this has been mentioned, but I couldn't find it on the site. It might be worth mentioning for folks uncomfortable with the Terminal (like me!).

Using a Beige G3 running OSX.2.3, I was unable to use the option-empty trash to remove a 12,000+ item folder containing fonts from a OS9 archive drive, some of which were locked. I spent too much time searching for scripts, utilities and tips, none of which worked. I thought I would see what Apple had to say and voila ... article 106272 in their Knowledge Base describes a simple, safe way to change flags from the terminal. All without admin or root privileges. Take a look!

[Editor's note: While I don't intend on publishing a hint on every single Apple KBase article, this topic comes up quite a bit, so having this documented here is a good thing for those searching for answers.]
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Why not use BatChmod?
Authored by: idji on Jan 23, '03 04:31:43PM

It's free and has a "Force Empty Trash" command .

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Why not use Trash It?
Authored by: totalmachead on Jan 24, '03 08:37:55AM

I use Trash It, which is perfect for large numbers of files, such as previous system folders. It's also free and available at It changes flags, unlocks items, and then removes them. It also has the choice to overwrite items 3x for an extra measure of security.

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Why not use Trash It?
Authored by: Felix on Jan 25, '03 02:02:39AM

That's what I use too. It has never failed to delete anything I had in my trash can.

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