Linux: Move File to Trash by Command

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

What is the Linux command to put things in trash?

gvfs-trash filepath

This works in all {Ubuntu, Gnome, Xfce, KDE}.

[see Linux: How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce]

Where is the trash directory?

It is safe to delete the trash directory.

rm -r ~/.local/share/Trash

How Does Linux Trash Work?

In the trash dir, there are 3 dirs:

For example, if you have a file at /home/joe/Downloads/cat.jpg and you deleted to trash. Then, you'll have:

and the file cat.jpg.trashinfo will have content like this:

[Trash Info]
Path=/home/joe/Downloads/cat.jpg
DeletionDate=2013-05-29T00:09:26

Reference

[The FreeDesktop.org Trash specification By Mikhail Ramendik. At http://www.ramendik.ru/docs/trashspec.html , accessed on 2013-02-10 ]

Linux Shell Basics

  1. Get System Info
  2. Shell Basics
  3. grep, cat, awk, uniq
  4. sort
  5. find, xargs
  6. diff Files/Dir
  7. dir size: du
  8. dir tree
  9. tar gzip bzip2 xz 7zip rar zip
  10. wget, curl, GET, HEAD
  11. rsync
  12. Install Packages

Sys Admin

  1. Job Control
  2. ps
  3. top
  4. htop
  5. RAM stat
  6. Users and Groups
  7. File Permission
  8. Opened Files: lsof
  9. shutdown, sleep

Bash/Terminal

  1. Bash Keys, Terminal Keys, Man Page Keys
  2. Bash Prompt Setup
  3. Bash Color Prompt
  4. .bashrc, .profile, .bash_profile
  5. Virtual Console
  6. Terminal Control Sequence Keys
  7. Reset Terminal
  8. tmux
  9. man page
  10. Bash Manual in Chapters
  11. BASH Shell Misc Tips
  12. Log Terminal Session

Linux Desktop

  1. Most Useful GUI Apps
  2. Set Default App
  3. Shell Commands for GUI Apps
  4. Image Viewers
  5. Music Players
  6. Move File to Trash by Command
  7. X11 Selection and Clipboard
  8. How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce
  9. LXDE Keyboard Shortcuts
  10. LXDE/Openbox, Change Keyboard Shortcuts
  11. LXDE Set Key Repeat Rate
  12. LXDE/OpenBox, Disable Mouse Scroll Wheel Hide Window
  13. Xfce Keyboard Shortcuts
  14. Xfce Good Themes
  15. xmonad Keybinding
  16. How to Restart X11
  17. Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks
  18. Standard Fonts
  19. How to Install Font

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