How to Empty Trash if files in there are owned by Root?

Ulin the Tech Mage ulinthetechmage at
Thu Oct 16 21:47:33 UTC 2008

Kipton Moravec wrote:
> I was running out of disk space and discovered I had a bunch of files in
> Trash.
> So I tried to empty trash and found there were a number of files in
> there that were owned by root, because of a screw-up I did when I
> installed a program a while back.
> There are other files that are owned by me that will not delete because
> they have the wrong permissions, but it will not let me change the
> permissions.
> >From the GUI I do not know how to remove them. 
> I did a search on the name to see if I could find the path to the Trash
> directory and these files did not show up. 
> What do I do?
open a terminal
run the following commands:
cd ~.trash
sudo chmod -R 777 *
rm -rf *

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