View Full Version : Help me fix my trash can issues (10.9.1)

12th February 2014, 05:07 PM
Ive got issues and I think its fixable but not sure.

Basically, the icon should fill up with 'paper' in the dock right? Well, it does not. To make matters worse, when I go to 'empty the trash, the empty trash command is 'greyed out'.

The only way to fix it is to go into finder and force relaunch of finder, which then refreshes with the paper in the trash appearance and allow me to empty the trash.

Do I have a corrupt OS? Do I need to do a reinstall?
Is there anyway to fix this problem. It occurs by default on boot up.


12th February 2014, 05:23 PM
Solution appears to be found.

For further reference if anyone has issues this is what I came up with.
Taken from a post off another forum

Originally Posted by Louis1 View Post
I add similar problems with my trash: everything looked like if it was immediately emptied as no files could ever be seen in the trash, and I was asked a password each time I deleted a file. Using ONYX to empty the trash I discovered that many files were in there: it looked like if there was a problem of privileges but repairing was useless. I went through many forums and the only solution for me was the one from Mr Retrofire (and only that one, in particular the script doesn't work for me). So finally this is was I did successfully following his instructions:

1. Quit the "Terminal" application and relaunch it, to make sure that you are NOT logged in as another user (root for example). This is important, because the folder we create will get all the permissions from the parent folder (your "home" folder), and only the user who created the new ".Trash" directory (you) will be able to use it without restrictions.

2. In the Terminal type

sudo rm -frv ~/.Trash

to remove the old ".Trash" directory and all folders and files in the old ".Trash" directory.

3. In the Terminal type

mkdir -v ~/.Trash

to create a new ".Trash" directory in your "home" folder!

4. In the Terminal type

osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to quit'


osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to activate'

to restart the Finder!

5. Done! You can now move files in the trash!

If the Finder restart does not work on your system, then logout/login to activate the new trash can.