rm is the command to remove files

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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: bash:...
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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 /Volumes/VOLUME/.Trashes/501/...
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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.
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How can I delete a file named “>”?

I was running a Python script that malfunctioned and used sudo to create a file named >. How can I get rid of this file? Of course, when I try sudo rm >, I get the error bash: syntax error ...
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Why can't root delete a file?

On a samba share, I have a .DS_Store file on a SMB network share that is causing havoc. Even as root, I can not delete or chmod it. -rwx------ 1 bob acme\Domain Users 6148 Apr 24 09:11 .DS_Store*...
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rm -rf: cannot remove `/opt/jetty': Directory not empty

I have a script using the following command to remove a folder: ssh -q root@hostname sh -c 'rm -rf /opt/jetty/' Most of the times it works fine, but occasionally I get this message: rm: cannot ...
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delete all .swp file using rm command

I am trying to find and delete all .swp files in my current directory. I was using below command: rm -i `find . | grep .swp$` But everytime it is giving me this error: rm: missing operand Try `rm -...
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Why can't I remove the empty directory with username www-data? [duplicate]

The test is a directory which contains nothing, an empty directory. root@localhost:~# ls -l /home drwxrwxrwx 2 www-data www-data 4096 Apr 26 17:50 test root@localhost:~# ls -l /home/test ...
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find all directories (except `encoded`) in the working dir then delete all of them

I am trying to test this scenario, I have these files /encoded encode <~~~ a bash script /dir1 /dir2 .../dir2-sub test.meta what I wish is, for find to search for all directories in our current (...
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Cannot (force) remove directory in Docker build

With this Dockerfile: FROM php:5.4-fpm RUN apt-get -qqy update \ && apt-get -qqy install git \ libcurl4-gnutls-dev \ libmcrypt-dev \ ...
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Delete files older than X days +

I have found the command to delete files older than 5 days in a folder find /path/to/files* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \; But how do I also do this for subdirectories in that folder?
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Why doesn't “rm -rf ./” delete anything?

The command rm -rf ./ does not do anything in a directory full of sub directories and files. Why so? Isn't -r supposed to go recursive? To add more confusion, it even prints an error message ...
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tar unused files then delete them

I have folder with subfolders and sessions logs. I need some commands or script to tar this folder without usage files and then delete it. I have this construction, but I'm not sure if this leave ...
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If “rm dir -r” has removed just partial content of dir/dir1/, has it not removed anything in dir/dir2/? [duplicate]

If rm dir -r has removed just partial content of dir/dir1/ (and I cancelled rm), has it not removed anything in dir/dir2/ if dir/dir2/ still exists and contains something? My OS is Ubuntu 14.04 and ...
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Cancel removing a directory, and want to find out what have been removed

I was removing a directory by rm -r mydir and cancelled it in the middle. How can I find out what have been removed under the directory? Does remove a content of a directory change the timestamp of ...
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Why is rm -r the same as rm -R?

If you look in the rm man page you see that rm -r, rm -R, and rm --recursive are all the same. -r, -R, --recursive remove directories and their contents recursively When using options, I'm ...
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Recovering data written to file that moved

I have a Python daemon running on CentOS that opens a file at the beginning of a session, and keeps writing to it. A cronjob however, gzipped the file that was being written to, and so the file moved ...
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how to delete file that start with “-” [duplicate]

I try to delete this file on my solaris machine rm "-Insi" rm: illegal option -- I rm: illegal option -- n rm: illegal option -- s I also try this rm "\-Insi" -Insi: No such file or directory ...
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Why does `rm -f !(/var/www/wp)` leave files behind in /var/www?

Why does the rm -f !(/var/www/wp) command have no effect? I want to remove all the files in /var/www, except for the /var/www/wp directory, which should remain. root@born:~# ls /var/www authorize....
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How to delete the whole root with rm rf and shred together?

My task is simple: I need to able to delete the whole root which i can do with rm-rf ./* but the problem here is HFS recovery can get back the data since it is not actually deleted from disk if i ...
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rm: Directory resources is not empty

I'm getting this kind of error when i'm deleting file on my AIX machine. Getting same error for rmdir. venky-19:[/hm/dev/application/backup/ear/] # rm -rf resources rm: Directory ...
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How to remove all but last 10 files [duplicate]

I accumulate sequentially named files as the result of an automated process, and I would like to keep only the last 10 around. I tried this, which had the effect of deleting everything: ls -r | more +...
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Shell script `rm -r`: Redirect write-protected prompt and answer “n”

I have a few lines in a shell script whose function is to iterate through directories, match some names, and delete them. Some areas of the file system are write protected and I would like to leave ...
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remove the low version number of file

I have these files: atk-2.8.0-ia64-11.31.depot gtk+2-2.24.25-ia64-11.31.depot lzo-2.09-ia64-11.31.depot bash-4.3.030-ia64-11.31.depot gtk+3-3.6.5-ia64-11.31.depot m4-1.4....
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Optimise a shell script / command to delete files

I'm running Magento and it doesn't clean up old session data, so I need to clean it up with a shell script / cronjob: 0,30 * * * * /usr/bin/find /var/www/magento/var/session -name 'sess_*' -type f -...
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Remove all files recursively without deleting directories

I want to "clean out" all of the files a directory including all files in subdirectories but I want to leave the subdirectories in place. My understanding of rm -r is that it will also delete the ...
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Delete all files by find

How to delete all files found by this command? find -type f -name "*-thumb.png"
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Remove a folder with the same name as an environment variable

I was messing around with a log4j properties file and accidently made a folder with the following text ${foo} however I also have an environment variable named foo that points to a folder so thus if I ...
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Why does the -v option with rm show entries with a backquote and a normal quote?

When I do rm -v on a set of files, I see the output list of files being deleted with a backquote and a regular quote, eg: rm -v rsl.out.0??? removed `rsl.out.0579' removed `rsl.out.0580' removed `rsl....
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How to quote arguments with xargs

Suppose that I want to delete all files in a folder that are greater than 1 MB. $ find . -size +1M | xargs -0 rm This will not delete files that have space in their names. So I want it to quote all ...
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Cannot prompt user using rm bultin prompt option -i with xargs and find

I am using xargs and rm with find in order to remove files that follow a specific pattern defined by find as follows. touch file find . -name file | xargs rm Everything works fine with the above ...
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find and delete gives false status

I tried to execute delete as per many previous discussions occurred find & delete however my attempts lead to different experience. find . -type d -name "koko" -exec rm -rf {} \; deletes the ...
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How to delete the files in one folder which are more than 60 days old in UNIX?

I know how to delete the files which are more than 60 days old by modification time, but I want to delete files based on a timestamp in the file name. For example, I have the below files for each day ...
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How to remove matching files from directory A in directory B in the command line?

I have some duplicate files in directories A and B, how could I delete the dupes in B using the filenames from A in bash? How to do it in other shell's is a welcome bonus.
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find - exec rm vs -delete

I'm trying to understand the difference between these two commands: sudo find / -name .DS_Store -delete and sudo find / -name ".DS_Store" -exec rm {} \; I noticed that the execmethod is ...