Error deleting item operation could not be completed

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Hi,

I am having a really annoying issue on my computer whereby I can't empty my trash and I have many things to delete. All attempts to delete items trigger the error message below. What should I do? Already tried “Secure emtpied trash”.

Error deleting item.  The operation couldn’t be completed. (OSStatus error -43)  /Invalid path

Error deleting item.

The operation couldn’t be completed. (OSStatus error -43)

/Invalid path

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Error deleting item operation could not be completed

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Error -43 means that the objects you are trying to delete cannot be found. This might sound trivial, but try holding down the Option key while deleting the trash. 

You can also try issuing the command to empty the trash in Terminal. Open Terminal and type cd ~/.Trash and then press Return. Type sudo rm -R (a space is necessary after the R). Then open the Trash, select everything in it and drag the contents of Trash into the Terminal window. When that's done, press Return and enter the Admin password when asked to. A few moments later the Trash should be empty.

 

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