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I've just installed Mandrake 10.1, running KDE, and while I like many things about it I've discovered there is a learning curve. aside from figuring out how to correctly install programs (I plan on searching for that as soon as I can set this question aside), my biggest frustration today has been the trash can.
(I know how to remove the trash can icon from the desktop, but it still works even if it's not visible.)
I'm one of those users who doesn't want a trash can at all. I want to be able to hit delete and that's it, not be forced to delete everything twice. windows xp made this easy, but if it can be done in KDE I have yet to find it. I've spent the better part of an entire day looking around in KDE, their documentation, and running through page after page of google results. no luck so far.
so, can this be done? can I remove this trash can feature entirely?
if not, should I look at something other than KDE? from what I've seen GNOME looks too much like a mac, so I haven't paid much attention to it.
Whoa! Wait a minute there my friend... before thinking on changing KDE for that other crappy thing called Gnome or some other desktop let me share this with you:
1 - You can permanently delete things by doing a Shift + Supr on your intended-for-deletion target
2 - You can also enable a RMB option with the same purpose by going to KControl->Components-File manager->Behaviour, theres a checkbox that enables this option Im mentioning. There are also other worth looking-at options in this corner of KControl so you should check'em out.
First of all one way to remove the trash can from the desktop would be going to Control Center --> Desktop --> Behavior --> Show icons on Desktop. This way you don't have any icon on your Desktop plus you don't actually lose your trashcan in case you wanna have it back one day the easy way. Then you could just remove the "move to trash" dialog and replace it with "delete". This could be done from the Control Center --> KDE Components --> File manager --> Tab "behavior" for adding "Delete" and removing any eventual confirmation dialog. I am not sure how you could lose the "Move to Trash" action from your right-click menu though. What I can't understand is why would you want to do this? Isn't it risky deleting accidentaly some file? I know I have moved hundreds of times items to the trash accidentally.
Sure having a trash can can be useful for some users. Some others like yours truly and mboone don't. As Ptrs!OP mentions I removed my trash can (and all other icons from desktop) cause I don't use'm. And as for deleting I just got used to doing Shift + Del. [That does not mean I don't look twice before actually doin it]