# Ubuntu – Delete Files To Trash

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Ubuntu 13.04 dual-booting next to Pre-installed Win 8.

I can only delete files to the trash can when I am in the home directory, even for files which belong to me (usually inside /var/www). Selecting the file in nautilus and hitting delete does nothing. Right clicking and selecting delete asks me if I want to delete permanently. Here's what I know:

1. These are files owned by me. /var is owned by root, but www (and all files within) are owned by me.
2. I have a Trash folder at /home/(name)/.local/share/Trash; it seems to work fine for files I want to delete from my home directory.
3. This machine was a Win 8 Machine which gave me a lot of trouble getting Ubuntu to run alongside on; I am not sure if this is an issue. When I created the partitions, I made a home partition separate, so I am thinking this is probably my problem.

Here is my fstab.

This blog post looked like the exact problem I have, but I am not experienced enough with fstab to get this to work. I tried adding my UID to /:

UUID=bb3ada65-be09-4b18-b091-9b3c95534cfd / ext4 errors=remount-ro,uid=1000 0 1

But then fstab couldn't load when I rebooted, and I had some trouble getting my system to load back up – don't really want to experiment with this since it takes so much time just to try something out.

edit: after reading the man for fstab a bit, it looks like UID is an option for fat; / is ext3 so this isn't the problem, I am guessing.

edit2:

My permissions seem fine:

cd /var/www
touch test\ doc.txt
ls -la
...
-rw-rw-r--  1 tom  developers        0 Jun 12 16:55 test doc.txt
...
rm test\ doc.txt


Notice I don't need sudo for creating or deleting the file from the cli, nor do I need to be root to delete in nautilus – I just can't delete to my trash for some reason.

Anywhere that is on the same partitions as your home directory is sent to ~/.local/share/Trash. This works across the entire root partition on setups which only have one partition.
On any other partition nautilus will make a .Trash-1000 folder on the root of the partition, then send all trashed files into that. This works rather well on external drives that you have full read/write access to, though it won't work if you don't have write permission to the root of the drive.
Because your / partition isn't the same as your /home partition, and a .Trash-1000 doesn't exist with write permission at the root of your system, nautilus will fail to trash files. Thus the delete key won't work and a trash action won't be available in the menus.
You could try using a root nautilus and deleting one file so that the /.Trash-1000 folder is created correctly, then using sudo chmod -R 777 /.Trash-1000 to give yourself permission to access a trash on the / filesystem. I cannot confirm that this will work though you could give it a try.