Ubuntu Security :: TRASH Causes Crashes, REFUSES To Delete Files?
Dec 16, 2010
I hope that I'm posting this thread in the right place. This involves a very unique problem which has caused the .Trash-1000 folder for my external USB drive to become corrupted, to the point of causing massive heat problems which then causes my system to crash, i.e. become completely inoperable, forcing me to do a hard reset.
The scenario: Recently I went through all of my backup data which is what I use that external USB drive for. After finding several GB of data files, some dating back 2 - 3 years from a root server that I used to have, I went ahead and tried to delete all of those files. Well, with exception to 3 folders, containing no more than perhaps 35 files which totalled less than 8 MB in space, everything was deleted properly without a hitch. The files that couldn't be deleted prompted some strange "couldn't delete blahblahblah file due to input/output error" message. One message for each file that couldn't be deleted.
Now mind you, I can open these files, look at them, rename them, copy them, but I cannot delete them. Still being pretty wet as far as Linux is concerned, I tried numerous suggestions that I could find on the internet, all of which had to do with file permissions in one form or another. I've tried everything that made any sense and still can't delete those files.
All of the data is my own, all of the hardware is mine, and I'm the only one using this machine. I'm not attempting to do anything illegal. Then I figured, smart as I am, why don't I just assign ownership of the .Trash folder to myself via the chown -R command, followed by deleting the files afterwards. Okay, the chown command gave me no error, I assumed all was well since it's my USB drive to begin with and since it automounts during every restart anyway. I just figured that this would be something to try. BIG MISTAKE !!!
My system runs just as perfectly as before, with but one exception. NOW, when I attempt to delete those files that I couldn't delete before, I don't get an error message anymore but the CPU starts hyperventilating during the deletion process which goes on endlessly (remember, we're taking about less than 8 MB of data) ... ultimately causing the system to crash, i.e. become totally unresponsive. NOW, if I delete additional files from that USB drive and then attempt to empty the trash, the newly deleted files take substantially longer too now. Not as long as the original "bad files" but still quite long. The drive itself checks out fine and it's not a dual-boot system with Windows. Just did a virus check recently too and everything checks out in that regard as well.
Can someone tell me how to reassign whatever original values there were for that external drive .Trash folder? I think if I could restore those values to whatever they used to be before I used the chown -R command, perhaps then everything would be fine again as far as the crashing is concerned. HELP ....
(Please take a look at the screenshots too)
The last screenshots shows "preparing to delete" which takes a very long time. Then it takes anywhere from 15 to 45 seconds PER FILE before that miniscule file is actually supposedly deleted. Eventually, after a few files are deleted, the system crashes. I wrote "supposedly deleted" because after a reboot the files are still there .
I just can't stand knowing that there's a slight problem with my PC.I have roughly 12.5 Gigs of files, mostly movies that are multiple clones of a particular movie (which was an entirely different problem altogether) and I CANNOT DELETE THESE THINGS! There has to be a simple way to do it from terminal, problem is, I can't seem to find the trash directory in terminal.
I am looking for a way to permanently delete files immediately - no trash, no taking up space but a command to make a file immediately gone. I have a USB flash drive and it has a hidden .trash file on it that builds-up until I have no more room on the flash drive - all space taken up by deleted files. I need a command that bypasses the trash and immediately deletes a file for good making space available.
I can't delete any files bigger than 4 Go. I got a message telling me that my trash is full and I should empty it. But there is nothing in it. Is there any thing I can do to be able to delete files over 4 Go?
i have an issue due to some high security requirements. what i want to do is to remove the files in trash folder permanently from the memory so that they cannot be recovered again. am aware of the "shred" command but i dont know if it can reach to files that are already in trash.I have found a solution but it requires to fill the whole unused memory with a file that consist of some ramdom bits and than deletes it:
When I am deleting pictures using gThumb image viewer it asks "The selected images will be moved to Trash, are you sure?" And if I press "yes" button - it moves message to ~/.Trash, can it be configured to move them into "real" trash? I have created symbolic link and it solved part of my problems, but files "restore" option is unavailable to files which were moved in to trash by this method.
I edited fstab so that my Windows disk partition will be automatically mounted when I log on. However, when I delete a file from said partition, I am told that the item(s) cannot be moved to trash - I can only permanently delete files from the Windows partition. Here is how I configured in fstab: Code: /dev/sda1 /media/Vista ntfs nls=iso8859-1,umask=000 0 0 I suspect I mis-configured the options. Can anyone see an issue?
I don't know whether this is a bug or feature. But I find the fact that the Trash in Gnome doesn't delete trashinfo files a security liability.
I found in ./local/share/Trash/info thousands of .trashinfo files named exactly like the files deleted and each one contains the date of deletion.
I thought when I empty the trash bin every record of the files were removed. I understand that there are forensic ways to recover data and rm isn't very secure with journaled file systems, but forensic recovery isn't 100% and if the disk is written over several times the data is gone.
Here you have a permanent list of all the files you've deleted, without you knowing and the dates of deletion. IMO that's too much information.
Update: Weird after removing the files manually and then trying to delete files again using the trash I found no .trashinfo files, this time. So they were probably leftover files, but they didn't have a different owner/permission. Could this have been an issue and now fixed? (running Lucid)
I have a separate ext4 partition which contains all my data (music, movies, etc). When I delete files from this partition it is very slow because it copies files from my data partition to the Trash folder in my home partition. How can I avoid this? Can't the trash be configured so that it uses a trash folder in each partition instead of copying files to another partition (which is slow).
I have some very confidental files on my computer that I store such as credit reports, and other things. I always encrypt them with GPG, but there still is that original non-encrypted file left that needs to be deleted. I looked into tools like wipe, and shred but they all say that it really doesn't help on journaling filesystems directly on their man page.
I am not asking how to wipe the whole drive with dd or anything, but I am simply asking if there is a tool that'll delete a single file securely.
I don't use the Trash bin because it does not really delete things,speaking from a security point Instead, I gotten used to 'shred' and 'secure-delete' .But to move around files, cut-n-paste is very handy.And I was wandering if items from the Clip get stored somewhere ?i realize that they get overwritten again and again in the clipboard but do they also get stored somewhere else?
I recently tried to delete some files off of my USB drive and it was being glitchy and really slow so I pulled the drive out and put it back in so it would read normally again. I now have an "untitled folder" in my trash that can't be deleted, and the error says "no such file or directory". Unlike a lot of the other problems I've read with not being able to delete the trash files, I don't think this is a permissions problem.
I probably made a stupid mistake and went into the .Trash-1000 folder for the USB drive itself and tried to delete the files, but each time I did that it just duplicated the original folder and renamed it, and now I can't delete those files either!
I have read in some book that syslogd keeps lots of logs that with the time consume a considerably part of your hard drive. I know this is very nice feature and all that, but sometimes privacy in this competitive world is a matter fact. Here goes the questions: Is it possible to 'auto delete' the syslogd files automatically? May the destruction of the logs make some hangs on my system? May some program need the daemon to function properly?
I have a problem with a couple of folders in the Trash. If I click on the Trash icon, 2 foldersare there, and when I try to delete them, it just says "Failed to delete the item from the trash"
But when I go to .local/share/Trash there are no files there! Anyway, I tried using the command "sudo rm -rf .local/share/Trash", it shows no error, but the files continue when I click in the trash icon.
I'm trying to clean a hard drive and I'm using secure-delete but it just stands there and takes cpu power but nothing happens, I used -r switch first and nothing, so I tried it on single files, small pictures worked as intended but a simple 50MB MPG file just stands there as well and nothing happens.
I left it running for 24 hours and nothing happened but the cpu was working at 90-100% all the time :/
look at this : Uploaded with ImageShack.us how can set permissions in linux like this? I want one user can delete files but can't modify them and ... in linux i have 3 group to assign read write and execute them. is ntfs flexible than linux file system?
I've discovered that after restoring my site's backup this has happened to me again. How to delete the hacked /home/crocbits directory so that I can restore the backup under the same username. When I try to delete /home/crocbits I get this message when logged in as root:
I have a few folders I need to remove and when I right click delete or move to trash not available. I guess I don't have permission. I am the sole user of this machine and the Admin. How do I remove these folders. The folders were part of ClamAV which has been removed. They show up as a virus in my Avast Anti Virus.
Straight to the problem on my [Ubuntu 9.10].I cannot delete or empty my .Trash-1000 folder on my flash drive. I tried changing permission with chmod but no way, I cannot empty the folder via the Ubuntu main trash option 'Empty Trash'. I read a bunch of threads but no way.Do you know a solution that works to this problem?Even further. Do you know a way to tell nautilus to avoid using that folder in my USB devices and use instead the normal trash folder on my system?
I run Gnome under Debian 5.04 and when I right click on directories on hard disks, I am given an opportunity to delete them or when I right click on Trash, I am given an opportunity to empty it, however this is not the case when I try the same on the files contained in the USB stick and the only option I have is to empty all directories and sub directories before removing them which is far too slow.
I'm a beginner at backing up my Ubuntu system, but I've set Simple Backup to do a backup once a week. I deleted the oldest of these files, but now it's sitting in my Trash and I can't empty it. I get a permission denied error for the folders within the backup folder in the trash, yet I can't restore the folder either - Ubuntu says it 'failed to determine the original path' for the folder. I've just discovered this in Xubuntu Jaunty, but I'm confident the same will happen in any other WM I choose (I have several installed - I like variety ).
It's not a huge file, but it's hanging out there and I'd like to get it either deleted or restored. Possibly I oughtn't to have deleted it in the first place (it usually lives in /var/backup, which I can't access except as root). The files, which I probably deleted /as/ root, show up in my user trash rather than root's trash. I found the trash in ~/.local/share/Trash/files, but I'm not sure if just deleting them as root would be a good.
I formatted an old pen drive and noticed that when I deleted files, the free space was not going down. Then I hit Ctrl+h and saw a folder named .Trash-1000. Is this only needed if someone if using Windows or can it be safely deleted?
I just wanted to post this in case it helps anyone else. I have all my personal files (photos, documents, etc.) saved on a separate ext3 partition (so I don't have to worry about them on new installs, etc.). When I tried to delete files, however, I always received the message: "Cannot move file to trash, do you want to delete immediately?".
After much searching and failed fix attempts (mostly unnecessary messing with fstab), I found this post, which is now archived (or I would have replied there):ttp://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=759544. And frediE's solution, with a couple tiny modifications, finally solved the problem! (So huge thanks to frediE! ). irst, I found my user id, which is 1000, by going to the System > Administration > Users and Groups menu, selecting my user name (e.g. jnewm), clicking "Properties", andselecting "Advanced".
Second, I created a folder on the root of my partition called ".Trash-1000". (I may have needed to use "gksu nautilus" from a terminal to create the folder, I don't recall.)Third and last, I navigated to the root of the partition in my terminal and ran: sudo chown -R jnewm:jnewm .Trash-1000. Followed by: sudo chmod -R jnewm .Trash-1000 (I doubt this second step was necessary, but I'm listing it just in case). (confirmed unnecessary)
I have installed KDE 4.6.1, on distribution Ubuntu 10.10 . But i have problem with trash icon. Even when i delete a simple text file, trash icon not change, shows empty icon. When I open trash directory location from dolphin, left side shortcuts, it shows empty directory.Is it a bug? Where is my deleted file gone?