Solution: Trash has reached its maximum size in Dolphin

To users of KDE  I bring you a way to solve that annoying message when we try to trash a file and it does not leave us Dolphin  which shows us a message similar to this:

Error in Dolphin 

One way to solve this problem is by emptying the trash by hand as indicated in the message, but it is uncomfortable or we may not have the time to check if a file should be saved to delete it permanently.

The other way that this message is not displayed every time the trash is full is the following:

  • We access Dolphin
  •  on the menu  Control -> Configure Dolphin
  • We access the section Trash
    Dolphin trash can

In this section we can edit if we want to set a maximum size for the trash, delete the elements when it reaches the top, etc. In my case, the trash can is configured not to have a maximum limit.

Well that's it, I hope it's useful. Cheers!


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  1.   elav said

    Believe it or not, this is a fairly common problem that you mention. It happens to me a lot with my users, and luckily, I already knew the solution. Thanks for sharing 😉

    1.    Irvandoval said

      If it is very common apparently. My brother had this problem for a long time (I emptied the trash manually), luckily I found how to solve it and wanted to share it. You're welcome, hopefully it will be useful for FromLinux readers who use KDE 😀

      1.    eliotime3000 said

        And the truth is that it is quite useful not to have that type of notifications.

  2.   sieg84 said

    ucha and I haven't used the trash for years.

  3.   eliotime3000 said

    Thank you very much for the tip. My patience was already breaking the trash can.

  4.   jf said

    Something strange happens to me, the limit in my case is> 3 Gb, however I get the warning that it is filled with 2 files that do not exceed 36 Mb.
    I disabled the warning, but what is the reason or where is the 3 Gb occupied?

  5.   Francisco said

    Excellent it served me, I had the same problem and even if you cannot delete a file of considerable size on a pendrive, you have to do the same configuration procedure, thanks.

  6.   Manual said

    Thank you. Good contribution.