What's Keeping Me?
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Identify what is keeping you from emptying Trash.   Free
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What's Keeping Me?... Have you ever have the problem where you can't empty the Trash or eject a disk because something is preventing you? Usually the reason is because some application has a file open, and thus you can't get rid of the disk or trash the file. That's why we made What's Keeping Me! What's Keeping Me will identify the application that is holding the item open. You can then use What's Keeping Me to quit the problem application (or kill it if needed) so you can perform your task. What's Keeping Me includes an Automator workflow so you can perform searches directly from the Finder too!
What's New
Version 2.2:
  • Added support for dragging a file to the application icon in the Finder or the Dock to perform a search
  • Added applescript support so you can tell application "What's Keeping Me?" to open "path:to:file:" to perform a search
  • Fixed 10.6 bug in listing mounted drives and files in trash
  • Other bug fixes
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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What's Keeping Me? User Discussion (Write a Review)
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burypromote
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+6

alobi reviewed on 18 Jun 2009
I use it offen. What else to say: It works!
[Version 2.0]


burypromote
+3

+64
Jocatra commented on 02 Feb 2009
Working fine. Thank you.
[Version 1.4]

1 Reply

burypromote
+6
Hamsoft Engineering (developer) replied on 02 Feb 2009
Thanks! I'm glad to hear it. As a developer your never sure no matter how much testing you do ahead of time.
burypromote
-8

+10
Twilightscapes commented on 02 Feb 2009
Who cares about what is keeping you... you just want to empty the trash and move on with your life.

A good tip to do just that, is to use the "Secure Empty Trash" option in the finder File menu options. This will do just that, empty the trash - without having to do anything like command line stuff, open a 3rd party app like this one, etc...

Keep in mind, this won't work for stuff that is truly still running as a root process, and it will take awhile for larger files trying to be trashed since it is writing 1s and 0s over that data...

But for a quick tip, it works nicely and you won't have to worry about whats keeping me or anyone else for that matter.

Cheers!
[Version 1.4]


burypromote

+5

Fred3rik reviewed on 20 Aug 2008
I don't know what the previous commenter did wrong, but for me, this thing worked flawlessly. Thanks a lot for making great freeware/donationware.
[Version 1.3]


burypromote
-5

+134

macnerd1984 reviewed on 01 Aug 2008
Didn't work for me whenever I tried it (3 times). After trashing it, it got stuck in the trash despite the image being ejected etc. and I had to use Onyx to get rid of it. Oh the irony...
[Version 1.3]

1 Reply

burypromote
+4
Hamsoft Engineering (developer) replied on 02 Aug 2008
I'm sorry the program didn't work for you. What's Keeping Me only works when the problem is because of an open file being held by an application... which is usually the reason you can't trash a file or eject a disk. So if it didn't work then you must have had a different problem.

You can always contact me and I would help if you have a problem. You can do that from my website hamsoftengineering.com.
burypromote

+50
Peter da Silva commented on 01 Aug 2008
I normally just use "sudo lsof | grep Trash"... but I gotta agree that's a great icon. :)
[Version 1.3]


burypromote
+1

+23
spungee commented on 04 Jul 2008
that app icon is in the top 10 best app icons, ever. yes, really!
[Version 1.2]


burypromote

+1
Jrox commented on 20 Jun 2008
This is actually quite a handy app to have around. Many times ive been unable to find what's keeping me from emptying the trash. Kudos to the developer!
[Version 1.1]


burypromote

+22
Larsen2k4 commented on 20 Jun 2008
Great!!!

This app just saves me a ton of time - I'm working with files a lot, and there's nothing more frustrating, than being unable to clean the trash, because of busy files.
Thanks a lot!
[Version 1.1]


burypromote
cflash commented on 18 Jun 2008
Thank you!!! just what we've neaded for years
[Version 1.0.5]


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Downloads:19,652
Version Downloads:13,279
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:18 Mar 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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What's Keeping Me?... Have you ever have the problem where you can't empty the Trash or eject a disk because something is preventing you? Usually the reason is because some application has a file open, and thus you can't get rid of the disk or trash the file. That's why we made What's Keeping Me! What's Keeping Me will identify the application that is holding the item open. You can then use What's Keeping Me to quit the problem application (or kill it if needed) so you can perform your task. What's Keeping Me includes an Automator workflow so you can perform searches directly from the Finder too!


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