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Why is rm slow?

I have been trying to use rsnapshot for making backups, but I'm finding it unusable. While it is able to diff a directory (50gb) and duplicate it (hardlinking every file) in a few minutes, and I can ...
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Delete files specified by the output of find: rm thinks argument list is too long.

When I run the following command, it gives me an error: $ rm -f `find /home/domain/imap/domain.com/*/Maildir -mtime +190 | grep -E '/cur/|/new/'` -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long How can I ...
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Does rm -rf * delete files recursively from the current directory or parent/root directory?

I wanted to delete files and folder recursively from a particular folder so I ran this command from that folder rm -rf * I assumed it would delete all files/directories under the current directory ...
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How do I override rw-r--r— root/wheel for a all files in a directory?

I am trying to delete a directory on OS X. I do rm -r /path/dir but I keep getting many, many messages like this: override rw-r--r-- root/wheel for cron/migrate.php? I type y for one message, ...
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Can rm recursively remove empty directories?

In an old version of Unix, the rm command would delete directories if they were empty. From the Research Unix Eighth Edition man page for rm: "If an entry is a directory it is removed only if empty." ...
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Removed `rm` command in cygwin

Having the need to use a bash shell on a Windows computer (I'll spare you the details), I installed Cygwin, and a friend as a joke ran rm /usr/bin/rm on the terminal, and surprisingly nothing much ...
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Guess complete filename

I have some files with really long names lying around on my server and writing the complete names is kind of a pita so I'm asking if my Linux system (Debian 7) can guess the complete filename? I want ...
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AIX 'rm' command has no '-v' parameter for verbose output

AIX 'rm' command has no '-v' parameter for verbose output as stated by IBM's documentation. Normally I would run (in linux) rm -rfv <myfile> to (r)ecursively and (f)orcably delete files and ...
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Remove all files except for last file of each month

Consider a directory with MySQL backup files with timestamps as part of the filename: -rw-rw-r-- 1 ubuntu ubuntu 35856184 Nov 16 16:00 db_2013-11-16_1600.sql -rw-rw-r-- 1 ubuntu ubuntu 35856915 Nov ...
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Proper escape sequence for a non-standard file name [duplicate]

I'm trying to remove a file I made by mistake using --exclude with tar. I ended up making a tar file named --exclude=*.tar Now I want to delete it but I'd like to rename it first. How do I escape it ...
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Remove all *.mp4 and *.zip but some files

In one of my programs I call a bash command to remove all files in the directory, but some: bash -c shopt -s extglob shopt -s nullglob rm /path/to/directory/!("file1" | "file2") Which for what I ...
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How to recover files I deleted now by running rm *? [duplicate]

By mistake I ran rm * on the current directory where I created many c program files. I had been working on these since morning. Now I can't take out again the time that I spent since morning on ...
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How can there be a directory named `~`?

I was trying to test out this buggy/new tool to see how it works, and it prompted me to choose a directory to use for stuff I am doing. From the directory ~/Code/indep, I typed in ...
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What is a regular file?

$ rm foobar rm: remove regular file `foobar'? What does it mean for a file to be "regular" and why does rm treat such a file as a special case?
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rm -rf /home/ Recovery [duplicate]

OS :-Suse Linux Enterprise 12.0 File System :- ext3 I hit rm -rf /home/, immediately I did Contol+C so the command got canceled but until that time I lost ~9GB of data from this /home dir. I don't ...
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rm -rf on vhosts directory, what should I do?

I was tired and unfortunately I did: rm -rf * /var/www/vhosts repertory on my CentOS 6.3 running with Parallel Plesk. I lost many websites, but worst: I've lost chroot, default, fs and fs-passwd. ...
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Is `rm -rf` not atomic?

I've just caught a confusing error: rm: cannot remove `xxx/app/cache/prod': Directory not empty which was caused by the following command: rm -rf $cache_dir/* where $cache_dir is defined as ...
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Faster way to delete large number of files

I have a directory where lots of cached files are getting generated very quickly. Since these are very small files, it is consuming all my inodes very quickly. Currently I am running the following ...
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What's the idea behind rm not removing non-writable file by default?

What's the idea behind rm not removing non-writable file by default? Every time you want to remove a file that is non-writable file for current user but you have a write permission on directory get ...
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when is it safe to remove `/dev/.tmp-block-*` files

i'm currently experimenting with temporary lvm-snapshots (that is: create a snapshot of an LV, do something with the snapshot (e.g. run a backup), then destroy the snapshot. something along the lines: ...
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Proper way to delete contents of directory [duplicate]

What is the proper way to delete all the contents of a directory, without said directory? For example, I have the following directory structure: foo/ bar1/ bar2/ x.txt I want to delete ...
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Scripting `rm` and `rm -i`

I want to create a script that whenever there are more than three files being removed, it invokes rm -i by default. I know it will go in initialization files but can't seem to get it working. So far: ...
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mount.cifs not respecting file permissions in Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS

I am attempting to mount a cifs drive in standard Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS using the following line in /etc/fstab: //server-name/share-name /mnt/archive cifs ...
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Does 'rm .*' ever delete the parent directory?

The expression .* is expanded by bash to include the current and parent directories: $ ls -la total 2600 drwxrwxrwx 2 terdon terdon 2162688 Sep 10 16:22 . drwxr-xr-x 142 terdon terdon 491520 Sep ...
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How to delete directories based on `find` output?

I issue the following command to find the .svn directories: find . -name ".svn" That gives me the following results: ./toto/.svn ./toto/titi/.svn ./toto/tata/.svn How could I process all these ...
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What's the real point of the -f option on rm?

By reading the GNU coreutils man page for rm, one of the options is -f, which according to the manual, -f, --force ignore nonexistent files and arguments, never prompt Now, I made some ...
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Undo file removed by rm commend on MAC terminal [duplicate]

I unfortunately deleted .bash_profile file from my MAC. Accidentally I typed rm .bash_profile. Now how can I get my file back?
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Delete files that exist in the source with rsync

I have a folder on server "A" called ./delete. I want to delete everything in the folder ./stuff on server "B" that exists in the ./delete folder on server "A". Its like the reverse of rsync. ...
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Delete all files except in a certain subdirectory with find

I want to recursively delete all files not accessed in a while in folder a, except all files in the subfolder b. find a \( -name b -prune \) -o -type f -delete However, I get an error message: ...
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delete subfolders without deleting parent folder

For this type of dir structure : /config/filegroups/filegroupA/files/fileA1.txt /config/filegroups/filegroupA/files/fileA2.txt /config/filegroups/filegroupB/files/fileB1.txt ...
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Preventing accidental directory deletion. Making an alias that contains options?

I use an alias to prevent me from accidentally deleting files, and I would like to do something similar for directories. For files, I have the following added to my .bashrc: alias rm="rm -i" I ...
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Removing specific files recursively using rm or something simple?

I have a root folder with a text file in it called pairs.txt. Within that root folder are other folders with text files called pairs.txt in them. Is there a simple way to remove them using rm? I ...
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Where is the trash folder in FreeBSD / PCBSD?

I'd like to delete - undelete files using the shell in PCBSD. But... I don't know where the "trash" folder is. Can anyone tell me?
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Find and remove sub-directories without error?

I need to find a way to remove sub-directories from within a particular directory without receiving an error if no sub-directories exist. This command will successfully remove sub-directories if they ...
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What to do after cancelled “rm -rf /usr/” on Arch?

So I just did this on my up-to-date Arch system: [anna@home ~]$ sudo rm -rf /usr/ ^C[anna@home ~]$ ^C [anna@home ~]$ ^C I terminated the rm very quickly. I can't find anything wrong with /usr/ by ...
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rm -r path : how to avoid being asked at each level?

How to avoid being asked at each level if I want to delete that path? I just want to remove everything in a path?
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How to delete directory ' :q!'? [duplicate]

Accidentally, i have got this directory created in my home, drwxr-xr-x 2 ubuntu ubuntu 4.0K 2012-09-06 07:27 :q!/ I want to remove this somehow. I have tried using escape characters in double ...
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dowload find binary , accidentally deleted /usr/bin/find binary file

I accidentally deleted all some binaries by rm -r f*, when my current directory was /usr/bin/ . So i couldn't install any files including findutils, since 'find' binary is the prerequisite for ...
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I can't seem to remove a file even after changing ownership and permissions [duplicate]

Haven't been here much. Mostly Stackoverflow. Anyway, I have a file that I can't remove. I tried sudo rm files.db and got Operation not permitted Did sudo chown me: files.db Then sudo chmod 777 ...
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Move files and delete directories with rsync?

Recently I needed to delete a large number of files (over 1 million) and I read that doing: rsync -av --delete `mktemp -d`/ ~/source && rmdir ~/source Was one of the most optimized ways to ...
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Making a directory protected from 'rm -rf'

I just lost some data in folder A which was inside folder B after doing rm -rf B. Before I could realize what have I done, it was all over. Now a lesson is learnt, I wish to make some of my folder ...
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rm -rf all files and all hidden files without . & .. error

rm -rf /some/path/* deletes all non-hidden files in that dir (and subdirs). rm -rf /some/path/.* deletes all hidden files in that dir (but not subdirs) and also gives the following error/warning: ...
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What does ./ mean? [duplicate]

I'm having a hard time getting what ./ does. In the Linux Essentials books, it asks me in an exercise to delete a file named -file. After googling, I found that I need to do rm ./-file but I don't ...
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Cannot remove /log/var/snort as root

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 Gnome. I uninstalled snort in order to install a more recent version. The new installation initially failed because the system would not let be rm or modify /var/log/snort ...
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Not able to remove a file [duplicate]

file name : abc permissions : -rwxrwxrwx shell : ksh I am logged with the user which is the owner of this file. Contents of file AccessTime = 20130424-161120 ActualShmKeyDec = 1090650862 ...
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What exactly would happen if this command were run?

A simple curiosity... assuming running as root what would the following command do? # mv / /dev/null Would it be a faster death than rm -rf from the root of the tree?
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why am I able to delete file which belongs to `root` under a non-root user? [duplicate]

I create a file under my user esolve and then su root and use chown to change its user to root then I returned to user esolve I notice I can still delete the file with rm why?
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Rm command recovery for this situation

İn my desktop, i have a dir. called exam, and i wanted to remove it from the console and wrote rm * /exam, and apparently it removed some other files from my desktop. Please tell me that there is a ...
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how to change `rm` to as a command like `mv ~/ .trash` [duplicate]

I like to use rm but I often made mistakes so that I remove something mistakenly so I want to make somthing like mv .trash so that rm file is equal to mv file ~/.trash besides, I also ...
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How to avoid the need to issue “y” several times when removing protected file

I'm looking for a solution to be used as a response to "rm: remove write-protected regular file [x] ?" I was thinking of issuing a character followed by carriage return for several amount of times, ...