Problems with Debian 9 Trashbin not emptying trash


Problems with Debian 9 Trashbin not emptying trash and not changing icon even when the trash is emptied. So how to resolve this problem?

First option via a terminal, resolves the problem of a full trashbin, but the icon still remains as full of trash, until you restart your computer.

Problems with Debian 9 Trashbin not emptying trash.

Install the CLI-based program trash-cli with the following command:

sudo apt-get install trash-cli

Press Enter, wait for it to install.

Now to empty the trash, type the following command:


Press Enter, done.

Now, to verify it is really empty, you change user to "root".


Press Enter and type your password and hit Enter again.

Type or copy and paste:

cd .local/share/Trash/

Press Enter,

cd files

Press Enter,


Press Enter and see if it is empty, you're good to go, if not.

Type the following command:

rm -rf *

Press Enter, then.


Press Enter.

Second option:

Restart your computer and right-click the trashbin and Empty Trash, done.

The icon switches as it should.

The problem, could be related to how many GB is in the trashbin or the applet.

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