I've got PCManFM and Xfe as graphical file managers in my Arch Linux with Openbox. When I click on the Trash link in PCManFM I get an error saying "Operation not supported".

Question: Where do PCManFM and xfe put files you sent to the Trash? Thanks.

2 Answers 2


You need to install gvfs to get PCManFM's Trash Can to work.

It stores the files in the FreeDesktop standard location: ~/.local/share/Trash/files

  • That's great, thanks! Does anyone know where xfe put its trash?
    – hpy
    Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 15:58
  • This is still needed in 2023.
    – lqlarry
    Commented Jun 5, 2023 at 0:56

I had the same problem, but in a different situation and thus different solution. In my case deletion did only not work for files on my second hard drive. For this to work I had to create the directory ".Trash" in the top level of the hard drive. The permissions must be set like this:

chmod 1777 .Trash

For the why look here: https://specifications.freedesktop.org/trash-spec/trashspec-latest.html

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