rm is the command to remove files

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How to clear disk after rm

I deleted a file I meant to shred first. $ rm somefile instead of $ shred somefile $ rm somefile Is there a way to shred a file after 'rm'-ing it?
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Ignore 'cannot remove `dir`: Is a directory message

I'm setting up an automation process where I am deleting files in a directory which contains sub-directories. I only want to delete the files in the directory, and want to keep the sub-directories ...
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Unable to delete files through Terminal

More recently, I have been using rm -r /path/to/file to delete files, but when deleting from certain locations, I get the error: override rw-r--r-- root/admin for filename? I have tried entering y, ...
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How can I safely ensure a variable contains only a valid filename?

Given the script below, how can I ensure that the argument only contains a valid filename within /home/charlesingalls/ and not a path (../home/carolineingalls/) or wildcard, etc? I only want the ...
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Removing directories: Shell vs. File Manager

I've noticed that some graphical file manages such as Thunar allow you to remove any directory as long as you are the owner of this directory -- even if this directory contains a sub directory which ...
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Find case duplicate files and rm uppercase

I have a number of image files that have duplicates across case (ie file.jpg File.jpg). I need a script like the following except I want to completely remove all uppercase. I know that fslint can do ...
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Is it safe to delete '.journal~' files?

Our Apache installation is in /var/www on a CentOS 7.2 virtual machine. On occassion I run the following to ensure there are no unintended backups which could leak information to an attacker: $ sudo ...
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View list of deleted files

I have executed rm -f *.gz about 30 days ago. Is there any way to find out the list of files that were deleted?
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rm: cannot remove Input/output error in part of folder in a permanently mounted NTFS drive

I was experimenting with HDF5 installation from a permanently mounted NTFS data partition so lots of deletion etc. Now part of the folder (containing some codes etc.) is not deleting and showing the ...
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find all files excluding one directory

so I want to clean a directory before I start work. I looks a bit like this. ./static ├── css │   └── styles ├── img │   └── pictures └── js └── scripts I want to rm the contents of css and js ...
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Remove directories sequentially vs. simultaenously in background [duplicate]

Part of a script I am writing utilizes rm -rf to completely remove two directories. These directories are relatively large and can take a considerable amount of time to remove. Currently the ...
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How to delete tmp files with messy names?

By mistake, I created a lot of tmp files suffix '.bedgraph' in my working directory. How could I delete them? I tried to use rm -rf *.bedgraph but it did not work. MBD_peak_bedfile N?????A???c??XO....
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How to find a dynamic folders?

Hello StackExchangers, I created folder like this : $folder_name=`date "+%Y%m%d"` $mkdir -p ${DIR_LOG}/${folder_name} Example of folders name: [20160622], [20160621]...etc Now I need to find ...
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Why does my command: “rm -rf *” not delete all the files in a directory? [duplicate]

Most of the files are gone, but I'm still left with these two files: ".RData" and ".Rhistory" Why is this the case? I'm working with R, but I don't know what those files are. Afterwards, I can ...
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Why can't I remove the '.' directory?

I tried removing the '.' directory. I thought I could just delete my working directory without having to go into a parent directory. The point of my question is to look for some insight into how the ...
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Removing file and its sym links

If I create a file and symlink to it e.g touch "example" ln -s "example" "link_example" and use rm example the symlink is still there. How can I delete file and all symlinks that points to that ...
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How can I safely recover deleted data from a USB flash drive?

This event actually took place a few years ago, but I still have the unchanged USB flash drive in my possession. I may be out of luck, but I thought I would ask all you smart people here for your ...
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How do I delete file by filename that are set as dates?

I want to delete file not by date access or created, but by filename. The filenames will be dates and I want to have a cronjob run once a week that will purge filename dates older than 7 days. I could ...
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Behavior of rm - how to prevent deletion of mounted points contents

There is a way to prevent rm from deleting mount points? For example, if I have /mnt/backup mounted externally and someone runs rm -rf / I know it will delete the backup contents. My solution is to ...
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Delete all the files which has only one line [duplicate]

I have a directory which contains about 9,000 files. I want to delete those files which have only one line. My command is: wc -l * | grep '^ 1 ' | awk '{$1=""; print $0}' | xargs -0 rm ...
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How to remove poorly named file [duplicate]

I was using pscp to copy files from a Windows machine to a Linux machine. I accidentally got the path wrong and now there are files that I can't seem to remove. I think it is because of the slashes in ...
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how can I find files based on different names and delete all them in one single line [duplicate]

Finding files based on different names I know how to do. The problem is that I don't know how delete all of them at once. I am using OMVS in z/OS390. To find files searching by different extensions I ...
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How safe it is to output to <dir> simultaneously with rm <dir>/*

Sometimes I need to remove all the contents of a directory and create new files there. Can I do something like this and expect all new files to remain intact: % rm -rf regression/* & ( sleep 10 ; ...
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Simple code reading issue [closed]

I'm studiyng Linux on a guide as a beginner, and there's a code example I cannot understand. I let you it below: find . -name "*.tmp" -exec rm {} \; by reading it, up to now I can understand that ...
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Why is the wild card character * so different between commands zip and rm?

I put together a script to do some file operations for me. I am using the wild card operator * to apply functions to all files of a type, but there is one thing I don't get. I can unzip all files in a ...
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How do I remove a dot dollar no name directory

I have this weird directory in Oracle Linux that I cannot remove, cannot change owner, cannot change group, etc. It seems to be an environment variable that is empty and is named: .$EXTEND Here's ...
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Deleting hardlink with rm -rfv deletes the original?

I was reading up on similar questions on here about what happens when you delete a hardlink to a file and the majority of the answers I was getting were that the hardlink is deleted but the original ...
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How do I remove all files from wtihin a certain directory except for a child directory of that directory?

I’m using bash shell. I have this command to delete all JAR files within a particular directory find ~/.jenkins/jobs/subco/ -name '*.jar' -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm However, I want to modify the ...
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Why does the following script delete itself?

If you create an executable file with the following contents, and run it, it will delete itself. How does this work? #!/bin/rm
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Have rm not report when a file is missing?

I have a bash script that I want to remove files from various directories. Frequently, they won't be there because they weren't generated and that's fine. Is there a way to get the script not to ...
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OSX: Grammarian won't uninstall

Im trying to uninstall an annoying app on my Mac called Grammarian Pro X and the uninstaller doesn't work with my version of OSX 10.11. You can uninstall the main app but there is still bits of the ...
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How to override option in aliased command? [duplicate]

I have a rm aliased: alias rm='rm -i' How can I override the -i option when I want to remove a large number of files and I don't want to confirm each deletion?
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Delete directories that contain a certain file

I want to find all directories that contain a certain file and then delete those directories. With find . -name thatcertainfile -execdir pwd \; I get a list of all the directories I want to delete, ...
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How to delete a tilde (~) folder? [duplicate]

I need to delete a "~" folder in my home directory. I realize now that rm -R ~ is a bad choice. Can I safely use rm -R "~"?
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What happens if rm is stopped half way through prompts?

What happens if there are prompts during an rm -R command asking if the user would like to overwrite, and then some of the prompts are accepted, but halfway through the user aborts the command. Are ...
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Having trouble deleting specific directories within a specific parent directory

I’m using Amazon Linux, bash shell. I’m trying to write a statement that will delete all child directories named “target” within a specific master directory. I would like to write things such that ...
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Dangers of using rm command with variables

I am creating a crontab that compresses 15 minute clips from my security camera into one file (24 Hours Long) and then having the clips delete. avimerge -o /media/jmartin/Cams/video/Full_$(date +%F --...
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Input/output error when trying to remove a file in NFS

I am trying to remove a file that is located on an NFS storage device. rm model_parameters_epoch_000.npz I get the error message: rm: cannot remove ‘model_parameters_epoch_000.npz’: Input/output ...
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rm prompt when deleting unwritable files

This is about GNU rm. The info page says: Otherwise, if a file is unwritable, standard input is a terminal, and the -f or --force option is not given, or the -i or --interactive=always option is ...
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Can't delete a file

I trie to use sudo rm -rf .Trash-1001 But it says "The Removing of .Trash-1001/info" is not possible: The directory is not empty. (This is a translation by me because I have German as my system ...
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Remove certain types of files except in a folder

I have a command in my makefile for clean: rm -rf */*.o */*.cmo */*.cmi */*.cmx */*.cma */*.cmxa */*.annot Now I would like to write a cleanpartial that removes these files except those in the ...
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Remove the latest modified file

I have created two files: sample.txt and sample.txt  (the second file contains some hidden characters, e.g. a space). How can I remove the latest modified file? I'm using Linux.
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Remove file, but only if it's a symlink

Ideally I'd like a command like this rm --only-if-symlink link-to-file because I have burned myself too many times accidentally deleting the file instead of the symlink pointing to the file. This ...
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Syntax for rm command. Worried about using the -r option

I am trying to create a routine to manage the backup files I am creating, so that older folders will be deleted automatically in the process. Here’s what I've got: #!/bin/sh day=$(date +%m%d%y) ...
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Remove files with match only from some subdirectories

I have a directory with several subdirectories; in each of these, I have some files. I want to perform a grep only for some subdirectories to find those files that match the query and remove them; ...
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`rm` prompt when given more than one file [duplicate]

For some reason, my finger memory has converted mv to rm. Until I manage to retrain those fingers, how might I have rm prompt when provided multiple locations (one of which likely does not exist)? I ...
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How can I remove just the writable files in a directory, without any prompt?

I want to delete only the writable files in a directory. If I do rm * it removes all the writable files (so far so good), but I get a prompt for each non-writable file. I don't want a prompt, I ...
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Cannot remove <file>: No such file or directory

I just ran some self-written program in which I make files and fill them with stuff. However, I did something wrong (or at least, not as intended) with the name generation and now there are four files ...
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Search for and remove files safely

I would like to search for all the nohup.out in my mounted filesystems, and delete them. There are some directories and files whose filenames contain space, so I think of xargs -0. To be safe, I ...
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Is there a tool to create a hard link to an unlinked inode?

Assume you have a filename/directory name, whatever, which is hard linked to inode 6400. Alas, the file/directory actually exists (completely intact, and maybe it only lives in a single data block, ...