Erasing files in Ubuntu: other devices still see the files

Thomas Cuthbert tabenx at
Sat Feb 9 23:06:34 UTC 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 09/02/2008, debiani386 <debiani386 at> wrote:
>> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>>  > I have a 1GB USB memory stick. It had photos and text files stored on
>>  > it, which I deleted on my Ubuntu (KDE) desktop machine. I then copied
>>  > four video files to the stick and put it in my DVD player (which reads
>>  > USB sticks as well). The photos and text files were still visible. I
>>  > then removed the stick and placed in another Ubuntu (also KDE)
>>  > machine, and all I could see were the video files.
>>  >
>>  > What gives? Why are these erased files still visible to other
>>  > computers? And why can other Ubuntu machines not see the files? How
>>  > can I be sure that sensitive documents that I've erased are in fact
>>  > gone?
>> because, if you just do a regular delete (ex, right click then delete,
>>  move it to the trash can, or press the delete key on your keyboard),
>>  ubuntu will create a .Trash file which is used to recover any deleted
>>  files.
> I pressed shift-delete. I did not move the files to the trash. Nor are
> there any .files on the drive, so there is no .Trash file on the
> drive. At least, not that I can see in Konqueror or Konsole (-a
> option).
>>  If you press Shift + Delete, it will bypass the trash can and will not
>>  create a .Trash folder. I recommend you do the Shift + Delete action
>>  only if you know that you will never use the file again.
> That is what I always do when removing files from removable media.
>>  Also, other ubuntu computers, by default, hide any files/folders with a
>>  "." as their first character. thats probably why ubuntu, by default,
>>  doesnt show the .Trash folder like other machines do
>>  --cj
> I do not see a .Trash file in either Ubuntu machine (even when looking
> at .files or hidden files) nor on the DVD player (with USB input).
> Dotan Cohen
> א-ב-ג-ד-ה-ו-ז-ח-ט-י-ך-כ-ל-ם-מ-ן-נ-ס-ע-ף-פ-ץ-צ-ק-ר-ש-ת
> A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
I'm sorry i should have been more clear. I don't mean a physical screen 
on your device i mean when you double click your device and it opens in 
a nautilus window. On that window go to file and click empty trash and 
tell me how that works.
Hope this helps.
Tom Cuthbert.

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