Root Nautilus does not access Trash

Bug #702093 reported by mstfa cmly on 2011-01-12
This bug report is a duplicate of:  Bug #494082: no Trash folder for root user. Edit Remove
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

Description: Ubuntu 10.10
Release: 10.10

  Installed: 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1
  Candidate: 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1
  Version table:
 *** 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1 0
        500 maverick-updates/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1 0
        500 maverick/main i386 Packages

Step-by-step: Ran Nautilus as root using "gksu nautilus"
              Created one empty file (iada) and one empty folder (klaa)
              Deleted empty file and empty folder
              Right clicked Trash -- > Options are grayed out
              Attempted to access Trash
                  The folder content could not be displayed.
                  Sorry, could not display all the contents of "trash":
                  Operation not supported

Terminal output:
root@moustafa:~# ls .local/share/Trash/files/
iada klaa

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: nautilus 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-24.42-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-24-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Jan 12 14:57:45 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
SourcePackage: nautilus

mstfa cmly (mstfacmly) wrote :
mstfa cmly (mstfacmly) wrote :
description: updated
komputes (komputes) on 2011-01-12
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
MestreLion (mestrelion) wrote :

Very annoying bug, and its there for at least 9.04

One could still purge the files by manually deleting the contents or /root/.local/share/.Trash

But restoring the files requires one to manually read the info/xxx.trashinfo contents to know the original location of the trashed file. Why cant the root use / empty / restore the trash as any normal user?

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
hihihi100 (hihihi100) wrote :

I had this exact problme with 9.10 or 9.04, cannot remember, and Im having it with 10.10 too

hihihi100 (hihihi100) wrote :

I cannot access any of my external hard drives either, it is oddbecause they appear in gparted

Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug #494082, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

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