rm is the command to remove files

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Unable to delete a file whatever I do

So here is my problem I have a pretty strange file that I can't get out of my computer. I tried pretty much everything. First I used software like CleanMyMac, TrashIt, CCleaner etc... None of them ...
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Perl script to delete big directory

This blog gives different ways of deleting Big Directories and their relative times for deleting a directory with 500,000 files. The script using perl is reported to be fastest, which is given by cd ...
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bash: /usr/bin/find: Argument list too long

I have too many files in a folder. I just want my inodes to be get free as soon as possible,So I have tried with find ./EcoBackup/* -name '*.*' > FilesBackupName.txt bash: /usr/bin/find: Argument ...
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Why does deleting directories generate error messages with find -exec?

Why is it that: find . -type d -name test -exec rm -r {} \; generates error messages: find: ./foo/test: No such file or directory find: ./bar/test: No such file or directory find: ./blech/test: No ...
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Tar is currently reading a 2GB file, and I deleted its only link. How do I stop it from running for an eternity?

Some more information: I was backing up a large directory with tar, only there were a couple of large files there that I didn't expect. This connection is over the network and very slow, so simply ...
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What's the equivalent of “rmtrash” on Centos Linux?

On Mac OS X, I use rmtrash package and command to more safely delete files. Is there an equivalent of that on Centos Linux?
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Why can't I `rm -r .`? [duplicate]

A question I already asked myself a few times is why I can't delete the current working directory using rm -r . The shell does not have a problem with a non-existing directory as working directory, ...
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Permissions to remove all files in subdirectory

I have a folder myfolder with lots of files and directories as follows: -rwxrwx--x user1 user1 . -rwxrwx--x root root .. -rw-rw---- user1 user1 file1 -rw-rw---- user1 user1 file2 ...
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removed a vagrant file and now I see .nfs0000000000b869e300000001?

I rm'd a file and now I see: $ l total 64 -rw-rw-r-- 1 502 17229 Sep 17 16:42 page_object_methods.rb drwxrwxr-x 7 502 238 Sep 18 18:41 ../ -rw-rw-r-- 1 502 18437 Sep 18 18:41 ...
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Unable to delete files even with root, lsattr is also not responding

I have two somehow corrupt files in my second hard disk of my laptop, which has dual boot Ubuntu 15.04 and Windows 7. I keep it mounted as a ntfs formatted partition in media. I share this drive ...
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What is the difference between the error “not found” and the error “command not found” are they the same?

In this question the user is getting the error "not found". I realized that the error is "not found" instead of "command not found". Are these two errors different? I'm not sure if I've just never ...
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How to remove a file that start with “>” or other unusual characters [closed]

I've accidentally created a file called > option[value='2016'] How can I delete it? My attempts: $ rm "> option[value='2016']" rm: cannot remove ‘> option[value='2016']’: No such file or ...
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Deleting all files except folders within directory

I am still pretty new to terminal based commands but while I was doing a rsync command between remote and local, I have accidentally 'copied' the files to the wrong place (Eg. /serA/items) instead of ...
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How to remove a file with two words separated by a space in the shell? [duplicate]

I made a text file called hello world in my home directory. Via the shell I am trying to remove it with the rm command. However, when I execute rm hello world the shell thinks that I am trying to ...
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Remove files and subdirectories of particular folder

I need to remove files and sub-directories in a particular folder but not that folder itself. I am using below command: find . -type d -depth -mtime +7 -exec rm -rf {} \; But it throws following ...
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Detecting file size and do operation conditionally

In my main_dir, I have a lot of sub-folders say DFT1 to DFT150, and in each directory, there is a file named OSZICAR. However, some of this would have file size 0. So I would like to have a script, ...
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How to delete that directory?

I have a directory, that I cannot delete with rmdir. I get always a permission denied error. But when list the directory (with ls -l) I get this: drwxrwxrwx 2 user user 4096 Aug 28 09:34 directory ...
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Why is rm allowed to delete a file under ownership of a different user?

From the post Why can rm remove read-only files? I understand that rm just needs write permission on directory to remove the file. But I find it hard to digest the behaviour where we can easily delete ...
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Delete subdirectory folder while saving contents

Lets say I have the directory /Users/admin/Documents/Folder1/file1.txt and would like to delete Folder1 without also deleting file1.txt. In the end it should look like ...
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How can I delete a file named “--append”? [duplicate]

By mistake I have created a file named : --append. How do I delete it? Simply entering the usual command, rm -f --append, doesn't work.
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Interactively remove files in loop with standard input redirection

I need to interactively (i.e. rm -i) remove files stored in variable $to_remove (one path per line). Unfortunately my code doesn't work because standard input is already used by redirection ...
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Count deleted files with interactive rm (rm -i)

I want to count number of interactively removed files and directories: for f in /tmp/mydir/* ; do rm -ir "$f" done How to do it in most concise/elegant way? Example: abc@def:/tmp/mydir$ tree ...
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rm refuses to remove folder! (nothing to do with the -R option)

I'm using Ubuntu on my personal laptop, and on my system, whenever I use rm on a file, it is gone. for good. The problem is on my university server. I am trying to delete a folder: environment/tests ...
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The precedence of command options?

I know that rm -f file1 will forcefully remove file1 without prompting me. I also know that rm -i file1 will first prompt me before removing file1 Now if you execute rm -if file1, this will also ...
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File/directory not being deleted?

Please see the screenshot. The image on the left says existing x installation found at /opt/x The image on the right shows the terminal where I attempt to delete the same directory. The terminal on ...
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Recursive rm doesn't work for me

Suppose, we have the following files in a directory: test.txt test.txt~ /subdir test1.txt test1.txt~ When I run rm -r ./*.*~ inside top dir only test.txt~ is removed. Why doesn't it perform ...
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Bulk remove a large directory on a ZFS without traversing it recursively

I want to remove a directory that has large amounts of data on it. This is my backup array, which is a ZFS filesystem, linear span, single pool. The data is in this pool called san, mounted on /san ...
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Remove a directory from inside using the command line interface [duplicate]

Imaging the next simple file structure within the /home/user/ directory: /home/user |--dir0 |--dir1 |--file1 My current directory is 'dir1' and I remove the ...
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how to delete swarm of ._ files using commandline

I have these files in MAC which have weird ._ character before filenames/folders. Which I want to delete in one shot. Is there a way to do it in commandline? eg. ._js ._css ._image if I go into ...
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Delete Huge file in linux

I would like to delete a large file in my server. It's very large nearly more than TB's. What is the best way to delete that huge file ???
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Undeletable directory

Everything I've tried (always with superuser privileges) has failed: # rm -rf /path/to/undeletable rm: cannot remove ‘/path/to/undeletable’: Is a directory # rmdir /path/to/undeletable rmdir: failed ...
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rm not deleting file, thinks its a directory

I have a hard drive with windows loaded on it hooked up to my Linux machine for backing up some of the information. I want to delete one of the 'temporary internet files' folders and it deleted all ...
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How to remove a file that can be seen but no program can seem to touch?

I'm trying to remove some obsolete backups, and deep inside one I've found a file 'cifs3bee' that I can find no way of removing. (And since I can't remove it, it's preventing the removal of the entire ...
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sudo rm -rf returns “cannot remove directory” on empty directory owned by root

I have a directory on my Debian system. The directory is: root@debian:/3/20150626# stat 00 File: `00' Size: 6 Blocks: 0 IO Block: 4096 directory Device: fe00h/65024d Inode: ...
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“find” function still prints files I've already removed

I've removed some directories and files inside them using sudo rm and sudo rmdir, but when I execute sudo find /*/*/ng* the files I've previously deleted are still showing up. Does anybody know why ...
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File deletion under special conditions, recursively if possible

I am looking for a unix command sequence, which is able to perform a quite complex, conditional deleting action. All files with the extensions "[NAME].cut" and "[NAME].cut.bak" shall be deleted, IF ...
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Delete several sequential file names, but ignore part of the first

Sometimes, my scripts get trapped in infinite loops. When the loop creates new files, things get messy. I currently have this file name format: Task.4883.store.log where 4883 is a counter. I ...
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delete multiple remote files with the FTP command

Right now we have a script that uses the FTP mget command to download all the files in a specific location. After after verifying the files have successfully downloaded we run a ftp delete command ...
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How does Linux format itself while running? [duplicate]

When you run sudo rm -rf --no-preserve-root / Your system will delete every file, one by one. However, this also includes running processes and the operating system itself, eventually deleting rm. ...
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How many files can rm delete at once? [duplicate]

One of my friends wanted to have more logs in the /var/log/ directory, and after some time of using the system, he tried to access the folder and list it, but instead he got the following error: ...
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Where is the trash can for root partition?

I use trash-put to trash files from command line. Recently, I had aliased my rm command to trash-put so that I don't accidentally delete something important. However, what happened now was that I ...
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How to remove all files in a directory except hidden ones?

I'm cleaning an output directory before I put things in it. I want to track the output directory in git with a .gitkeep file, but this keeps on getting deleted with my rm -rf "$OUT_DIR" line in a ...
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How to put “rm -i” in an iteration?

echo "$MOUNTPOINTLIST" | while read onelinefortouch; do touch "${onelinefortouch}testfileforwrite"; done echo "$MOUNTPOINTLIST" | while read onelineforrm; do rm -i "${onelineforrm}testfileforwrite"; ...
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Deleting files with spaces in their names

I am trying to delete all the files with a space in their names. I am using following command. But it is giving me an error Command : ls | egrep '. ' | xargs rm Here if I am using only ls | egrep '. ...
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How to delete a file that starts with a -? [duplicate]

I accidentally created a file when I meant to pass an option. Now I have a file named: -myfile that I can not delete with rm -myfile $ touch hi > -myfile $ rm -myfile rm: invalid option -- 'm' ...
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What happens step by step when using “rm -rf directory”? [duplicate]

Let's assume that I have 150 GB of data in a directory and I have accidentally run this command for a directory. Suddenly I realised, I should not put "/" in the beginning of directory and I ...
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Remove files newer than X day and hour

I want to remove files, more specifically, symbolic links of /usr/include that are newer than 2 JUN 22:27 How can I do this?
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How to delete stubborn directory?

I'm having issues with dropbox so I'd like to uninstall and reinstall it. To do so I need to remove ~/.dropbox-dist but no matter what I do it won't budge. If I run ls -l I get: drwxr-xr-x 3 user ...
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Deleting ghost files with non-ASCII characters

I have some weird files and folders in my trash on Mac OS X. After I "empty" the trash, the files still remain. I attempted to manually delete the files: $ cd ...
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Why can't I delete this file as root?

I have directory exam with 2 files in it. I need to delete files but permission is denied. Even rm -rf command can't delete these files. I logged in as a root user.