rm is the command to remove files

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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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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, ...
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Linux: remove file*..but not file1 and file2 [duplicate]

Usually on bash i did shopt -s extglob rm !(filedontwantremove) and remove all files except filedontwantremove But if i want to remove all file except filedontwantremove and "...
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How to alias rm to always confirm

When I use the command rm -rf, I want to make sure a prompt always appears before deleting a file, so I tried adding this to ~/.bashrc alias 'rm -rf'='rm -rfi' But it doesn't work. How can I fix ...
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How to safely delete a regular directory that contains several btrfs snapshots inside it?

I have a regular directory than contains directly underneath it several btrfs snapshots. Is it safe to do an rm -rf on the parent directory, or do I need to first do a btrfs subvolume delete SUBVOL on ...
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Workaround for missing rm -I option on OSX? [duplicate]

I'd like to do this, on OSX: alias rm="rm -I" In GNU rm, this means that rm will prompt if it's recursive or if it's deleting three or more files, but not if it's just deleting one or two files. ...
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my home directory appears in my download directory

In my Downloads folder when I run ls I see the home directory, and I don't know why, I want to remove it but I am afraid to remove my home folder. Can anyone tell me how I can just remove the home ...
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Is it possible to determine the progress of an rm command?

Using rm -rf LargeDirectory to delete a large directory can take a large amount of time to complete depending on the size of the directory. Is it possible to get a status update or somehow monitor ...
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Deleting a file after X days does not work [duplicate]

I've tried multiple ways of writing this and I'm executing the script myself so it isn't the crontab that isn't working. These are examples of what I've tried : find /home/backups -mtime +1 -exec rm {...
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Rename folder with odd characters

I have a folder on my Mac called "␀␀␀␀HFS+ Private Data". I'm trying to delete it but it contains a bunch of odd characters that are choking unlink, rm and mv, making it difficult to remove it and ...
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In a folder with many files how to do rm on lots of them [duplicate]

I just experimented a bit in linux and ended up getting very many files in one and the same folder. Now when I try to do rm -f folder/*.png I get -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long ...
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How do I pipe ls to grep, and delete the files filtered by grep?

I wanted to delete some package in my home file, but the filename was too long (google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb). So, I decided to use the command ls|grep chrome|rm to pipe the files to grep to ...
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Are the links between the inode and data blocks of a file removed when deleting the file?

Suppose there is only one hard link to a file. When rm the hard link, the inode and data blocks of the file will be marked as unused. But are the links from the inode to the data blocks of the file ...