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try -r instead of -R
Authored by: verlhum on Jan 17, '05 03:24:12AM
I am surprised no one mentioned this but it seem that the command you are using is slightly wrong for the purpose. The correct command should be
 sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
I prefer to always use * when I am trying to rm something from the trash. The "-R" flag indicates removal of empty directories while the "-r" flag will delete the contents of a directory, then the directory itself. Ran into this problem until in did a man on rm and figured out how the flag worked.

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