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This is a nice and straightforward question: how can I disable the Trash Can in Gnome running on CentOS/RHEL 6.4?

I know I can use Shift + Del, instead of Del to bypass the Trash; but how can I completely disable it?

Or otherwise, how can I remap Del to Shift + Del?

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You probably don't want to remap the del key. – user13742 Apr 7 '13 at 10:09
@don_crissti What command can I run to get that? It's up to date with yum anyway. – Danny Beckett Apr 8 '13 at 0:21
@don_crissti -bash: gnome-shell: command not found – Danny Beckett Apr 8 '13 at 0:24

Run dconf-editor, and open:

org -> gnome -> desktop -> interface

Enable "can-change-accels".

Open nautilus, select any file/directory, then click "Edit" from menubar, and hover on "Move to Trash" menuitem. While hovering, click on your delete key. The accel should change from "ctrl+del" to "del".

Make sure you have selected a file, else the "Move to Trash" menuitem will be greyed out.

NOTE: I suggest you disable "can-change-accels" afterwards, to prevent accidental accel changes.

If the above doesn't work take a look at this archlinux wiki article on how to change your hotkeys in Gnome 3.x. This article has specific steps for a couple of versions of Nautilus.

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What this does is changing the accel for <Actions>/DirViewActions/Trash to DEL. It does not bypass the Trash. – don_crissti Apr 7 '13 at 11:04
Did you try the other method mentioned in the archlinux wiki? – slm Apr 7 '13 at 11:58
I get -bash: dconf-editor: command not found when running dconf-editor and No package dconf-editor available with yum install dconf-editor. – Danny Beckett Apr 8 '13 at 0:26
Use gconf-editor if you do not have dconf-editor, yum install gconf-editor, if it doesn't show up. – slm Apr 8 '13 at 0:36

According to the archlinux wiki article slm mentioned, in file ~/.config/nautilus/accels find the following line:

; (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/DirViewActions/Delete" "<Shift>Delete")

and replace it with:

(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/DirViewActions/Delete" "Delete")

Then kill nautilus to apply the changes:

killall nautilus

Please note you still can move the file to the trash using CTRL + delete.

Tested on Fedora 18 with GNOME Shell

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