[quote]Originally posted by Kate:
<strong>Do it like this:
Deleting locked files
In previous versions of Mac OS, you could press the Option key while emptying the Trash to delete locked files. This is not a feature of Mac OS X.
If you are unable to delete an item because it is locked:
1. Select the item.
2. Choose Show Info from the File menu.
3. Click Locked to deselect that option.
4. If you have multiple affected items, leave the Show Info window open and repeat steps 1 and 3 for each additional item.
5. Choose Empty Trash from the Finder menu.
If the item still cannot be deleted, try creating a new folder and placing the item in it. Drag the folder to the Trash and empty the Trash. If you still cannot delete the item, start up your computer from the Mac OS X CD-ROM and choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu of the first screen. Use Disk Utility to verify and, if necessary, repair your disk.
Note: When started up from CD, do not click Continue. Disk Utility is only available in the first screen. If you click Continue, restart the computer from the CD.
Advanced technique: deleting locked files
If there are several locked files in the Trash, you can unlock them all at the same time at the command line.
Follow these steps:
1. Open Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities).
2. Type: chflags -R nouchg
Important: Type one space (not pictured) after nouchg in the line above, so that it ends in "nouchg ". Do not press Return yet.
3. Double-click the Trash icon in the Dock to reveal the contents of the Trash. If necessary, arrange the Finder window so that a portion of the Terminal window is still visible.
4. Press the Command-A key combination to select all files in the Trash.
5. Drag the files from the Trash to the Terminal window.
Note: This automatically enters the pathname for each file. This eliminates the need to individually empty multiple Trash directories, particularly when multiple disks or volumes are present.
6. Press Return. No special text message will be shown indicating that the command was successful.
7. Empty the Trash.
If the Trash does not empty or if you see a message in Terminal that says "usage: chflags [-R [-H | -L | -P]] flags file..." you most likely did not type the text in step 2 as indicated or did not leave a space. Repeat the steps if this happens.
Copied from AppleCare Knowledge Base Article 106272.
If this will not work, your last resort is really to enable root. login as root, and empty the trash.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Kate, as lovely as you are, you sure are stubborn about how bad OS X is
. You could do all that or you could just download batchmod like I suggested a few posts back.