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Cannot empty trash because item is in use
Authored by: CHM on Jan 20, '11 08:28:16AM

For me, this problem occurs with any file I mail as an attachment with Mail.app. It's been this way since 10.6.0 and I've filed a bug with Apple (as have many according to the Apple discussion forums) but it's still an issues. Overall, just kind of annoying but I wish they'd fix it!

One more thing: if you have a LOT of items in your trash that take up a lot of disk space, it's best to use a regular "empty trash" first and tell it to continue when you get the error about not being able to remove certain items. Then follow up with the secure-empty trash. Otherwise it can take a long time to securely erase all those files.



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Cannot empty trash because item is in use
Authored by: alansky on Jan 20, '11 01:18:47PM

My solution to Mail attachments that cannot be deleted from the Trash is simply to quit and relaunch the Mail app. Takes 2-3 seconds and works every time.



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