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    Empty Trash 56000 files?
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    Empty Trash 56000 files?
    Firefox was constantly locking my mac mini up so I deleted it and did a new install. Now when I try to empty trash, it only lets me choose secure empty trash and it says there is over 56000 files. I secure empty trashed a picture before the firefox incident it only said there was the one file. Does anyone know what the deal is?

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    Empty Trash 56000 files?
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    Have you deleted an application package?

    that would be one "file" but a package containing many more files and maybe secure empty trash treats it as a deletion of the package and all its contained individual files
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    Empty Trash 56000 files?
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    I guess I did. I used appcleaner to remove firefox out of the applications folder. I take it that is a package and not just a regular file? I dont care if it removes that many files, as long as nothing important made its way in there. If its just firefox containing that many files, then its fine with me.

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    Empty Trash 56000 files?
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    Did you check to see if FF had it's own un-installer before using that other app?
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    Empty Trash 56000 files?
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    Where would that be located? I didnt see anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatM View Post
    Did you check to see if FF had it's own un-installer before using that other app?
    It doesn't - it's a plain ol' app bundle.

    As to why there are 56000 files in your trash is a mystery but one thing to note is how files are counted. As mentioned by louishen, an application is actually a glorified folder (which you can look into by right clicking and selecting "Show Package Contents"). Now, the Firefox application bundle does not contain 56000 files but if you add up the files of other applications and folders, it might if you haven't deleted anything in a while.
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    Empty Trash 56000 files?

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    The file count would include all the temp files from the browser such as cookies and the like, so could end up being that many

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    Empty Trash 56000 files?
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    I guess it was just that many files in firefox. I went ahead and deleted and everything and nothing seems to be jacked up. I think I'm good to go. Thanks for the help everybody.

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