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

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Oct 21 16:19:02 UTC 2008

On 10/21/2008 07:31 AM, Kipton Moravec wrote:
>> I open up the trash folder in Gnome and when I try to cut and paste to
>> another directory I get permission denied.
>> I can not delete them in the Gnome Trash folder, again permission
>> denied.
>> I can not see them in the ~/.local/share/Trash/files folder. It is
>> empty.
>> What to do?
>> Kip
> After some more playing looking at the Trash in Gnome, I found the
> directories had a subdirectory called src and src had a hidden directory
> called .dep which is owned by root. The permissions are drwxr-xr-x.
> Since it is owned by root I do not know how to delete it from Gnome, and
> I can not find it with the terminal or search.
> One of the files in the trash folder
> geda-gnetlist-1.4.1/src/.deps/globals.Po
> So I search, using Places->Search for Files menu item, for globals.Po in
> my home directory and in the file system and there is no match.
> Kip

OK, let's take a different approach. From the terminal:

gksu nautilus

That puts you in superuser mode, so be _very_ careful of what you delete
or move.

First set the root nautilus so that you can see the hidden files and
delete files: Edit|Preferences| click "Show hidden and backup files
|Behavior| click "Include a Delete command that bypasses Trash|Close

Now navigate to your home folder (not root's) under the home directory:
File System|home|kip/.local/share/Trash/files
and you will now be able to delete any files & subfolders in 'files' by
selecting, then right-click |Delete. Also check /.local/share/Trash/info
for left over info files - you can remove those as well.

Once you've done that - get out of gksu nautilus. Don't go wandering
around the rest of your system as it's easy to forget that you are not
in standard nautilus!

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