I don't want to install gvfs with all its friends just to be able to delete files from within Atom/Electron. However, the environment variable ELECTRON_TRASH can set another trash handler, e.g. trash-cli, which is dependency free.

So I append the variable to my .zshenv and live on as a happy man.

# pacman -S trash-cli --noconfirm > /dev/null
$ echo "export ELECTRON_TRASH=trash-cli" >> ~/.zshenv

Restart Atom and continue to enjoy life


  • https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Atom#Unable_to_delete_files
  • https://github.com/electron/electron/pull/7178