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This is a small command-line program for OS X that moves files or folders to the trash.

By default, trash asks Finder to move the specified files/folders to the trash instead of calling the system API to do this because of the "put back" feature that only works when trashing files through Finder. If you compile trash by running the command make USE_SYSTEM_API=1 the generated build will always first try the system API and only call on Finder to trash files the user lacks access rights for. See my blog post for more info on some initial implementation details and design decisions.

You can install trash via Homebrew:

brew install trash
Source code is available in a Git repository (click here to show/hide):

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