Limit the size of the trash-bin in KDE3?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Wed Sep 9 19:09:09 BST 2009

On Wednesday 09 September 2009 17:02:22 Duncan wrote:
> FWIW, I just configured kde3 (and now kde4) to map the delete key to 
> actual delete, with a prompt, killed the keyboard shortcut mapping for 
> trash, and turned on the delete menu item that's normally hidden.  I'd 
> have turned off the move to trash menu item if I could, but that wasn't 
> configurable.
> I kept the prompt on for both delete and move to trash.  For delete, the 
> confirmation was enough, and I left it on for trash, so in case I 
> actually hit trash instead of delete on the context menu, I'd get a 
> warning and could cancel, then actually delete.
> On kde4, I'm happy to note, I was able to configure it for zero items/
> size. =:^)  I've not actually tested that it works and doesn't even save 
> the last deleted item, but that's what it says I have configured it 
> for, at least.  If I'm deleting, I want to recover the space, not have it 
> go into some weird half-deleted but not really deleted state, where it's 
> still in the trash and the disk space doesn't change.  So I'm happy 
> that's finally possible in kde4! =:^).  (FWIW, yes, I know deleted items 
> can often be recovered using undelete or disk editing utilities, I just 
> want it deleted, and the space recovered.)
With today's large disks space is rarely an issue.  What _is_ an issue is that 
our memories become less reliable as we get older.  I use Delete if I'm 
absolutely sure I want rid of it, but otherwise I use Trash.  I feel 
reasonably confident that if I haven't needed it 7 days later I'm not going to 
need it again, and it will be automatically deleted.

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