I have a 32 GB USB flash drive. When deleting files from the drive where the drive is plugged into a Ubuntu 16 laptop, it creates a folder called '.Trash-1000'

This .Trash-1000 folder contains two folders which are 'file' and 'info' where file contains the files I have deleted and info contains metadata about those files.

The issue is this .Trash-1000 folder takes up space because it holds a copy of the deleted file. I then have to eventually delete the .Trash-1000 folder when it starts filing up after multiple deletes.

Is there a way to disable this feature on the USB drive?

  • How are you deleting the files? – jasonwryan Jul 1 '17 at 20:59
  • Through the Ubuntu GUI. Could that be the issue? – William Ross Jul 1 '17 at 21:46
  • Yes; it is moving the files to Trash, not deleting them. Use rm. – jasonwryan Jul 1 '17 at 21:52

Have a look at this article.

According to the article, Ubuntu will create such folders when a file is deleted from a USB drive. Presumably this would allow a file to be restored if you accidentally deleted it.

It contains the following solution:

Don't use the delete button only (Otherwise the .Trash-1000 folder will be created)

Press the key combination shift+delete together to delete then Ubuntu won't create a .Trash-1000 folder. (Note: If you delete files and folders this way they are gone forever!)

As alternative you can also use the command line's rm command which will also delete the file directly.

  • Nice, that solution of doing shift+delete does not create the .Trash-1000 folder. Also I realized if open a terminal at the USB location and do an rm command, it does not create the .Trash-1000 folder either. – William Ross Jul 2 '17 at 1:59

I have found an interesting workaround that works on a per device basis, tested on Xubuntu 18.10 with USB devices and EncFS mounts.

It's very simple, remove the desired .Trash-$(id -u) directory (id -u is most commonly 1000), and create a file instead with the same name:

rm -rf /path/to/.Trash-1000
touch /path/to/.Trash-1000

What happens now when you remove a file, at least with Thunar, is that instead of moving the files to the Trash, a dialog appears warning you the files will be destroyed (which is awesome too, since you don't want them destroyed by accident).


I too am one of those who have been bugged by this problem for a number of years ... unsatisfied with the existing proposals, I've recently taken the time to investigate a solution myself.

Starting with the premise that I want the Trash to be gone system-wide, I've found that -- for the time being -- the only real solution is to create a custom-compiled version of libgioGIO) which is modified to call g_file_delete() every time an application calls g_file_trash().

For all technology savvy users interested in this solution: I've just recently posted a step-by-step guide on GitHub:

Globally disable GNOME's Trash in Debian-based distributions


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