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Cannot empty trash because item is in use
Authored by: dbingham on Jan 20, '11 10:50:43AM
Bad. Bad shell scriptor!

What if I made a typo in the directory name? The way you wrote the command, you run a VERY real risk of deleting everything in your home directory. Which, presumably isn't something you want to have to recover from.

Much, MUCH better would be:
$ cd ~/.Trash && rm -rf *

I know you said "handle with care", but such a simple modification makes it MUCH safer.

Remember friends, when one command depends on the successful completion of another command && is what you want. Not ;.

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Cannot empty trash because item is in use
Authored by: marshaul on Aug 22, '13 12:06:39PM
What's the point of CDing in the first place? Why not:

rm -rf ~/.Trash

There's no point to changing to that directory if you only wish to perform a single action in that directory.

Even better:

rm -rf ~/.Trash; rm -rf /Volumes/*/.Trashes

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