rm is the command to remove files

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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 w/o . & .. 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, ...
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How to safely remove hard-link to home folder?

In a folder owned by my user /sites/Website there is a dir named ~. When I cd to this directory, I am redirected to ~/, my home folder. At first I thought this was a symbolic link, but doing ls ...
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“rm -rf Filename.iso ” Permission denied

Hi I am facing an issue while deleting an .iso file from Linux x86_64 GNU/Linux. Here are the permissions for the file: # ls -lrt -rwxrwxr-x 1 dev devgrp 2687934464 Apr 12 14:13 ...
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remove content of directory in elegant way

I would like to remove all content of the current working directory. How to do it in efficient and elegant way? I have several files, directories and some of them starts with dot, like: touch .abc; ...
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Can't remove same folder name twice

I have a folder called - bin , then I remove it by rm bin , re-create it and when I want to remove it again by rm bin the shell promts - /bin/mv: cannot move `bin/' to ...
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How to remove files which do not end with “.c”?

I have a directory which contains all the C programs. I have also compiled them at the creation time so as to check my code. There are a lot of programs nearly 100 of them. So I want a BASH script ...
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Able to delete file without permission [duplicate]

I've been experimenting with file permissions and ownership lately, and I tried this: touch a sudo chown root:root a sudo chmod 000 a I can't read, write, or execute the file, but I can still ...
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How to forbid the execution of /bin/rm -f *?

I cannot remember how many times I've listed a subdirectory and executed /bin/rm -f * in the current directory. Can anyone give suggestions to help me avoid this? What should I do if I want the system ...
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How do I remove all sub-directories from within a directory?

This question is kind of a phase II to the first question I posted at here I have a directory that contains a bunch of sub-directories, .zip files, and other random files not contained within a ...
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Delete files in directory without erroring if it's already empty

As part of a deployment script, I want to dump some cached stuff from my temp directory. I use a command like: rm /tmp/our_cache/* However, if /tmp/our_cache is empty (fairly common when pushing ...
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What's the reason for this specific “rm” sequence in the xkcd joke?

Here's part of this xkcd comic strip where the idea is that the author can't write a sort program so he adds code to delete all files system("rm -rf ./"); system("rm -rf ~/*"); system("rm -rf /"); ...
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Safe Directory Delete

I alias rm to rm -i so that when I mistype file* as file * I get prompted before accidentally deleting files I didn't intend to delete. Is there an equivalent idiom for directories? In particular, ...
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Why rm command unrecognized w flag in AIX?

I have a bash script that retain the last 5 copies in AIX like this: rm `ls -lt /path/the_file_* | tail -n +6` But I get this error: rm: Not a recognized flag: w UPDATE The ls command return ...
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Remove soft link but not the target

I have a directory that contains a link to another directory that I just created. I would like to remove the link but preserve the directory my link was pointing to. How do I do this? > mkdir rgac ...
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How to find undeletable files that were removed?

I just created a file: touch myFile Made it "undeletable": chattr +u myFile and removed it: rm myfile How can I get it back? What is the purpose of "u"? Is it used?
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How can I delete a folder with lots of subfolders fast?

I have a folder with 266778 subfolders. How can I delete it? I have tried cd ~/.local/share/Trash/ sudo rm -rf * but it takes much time. After 1 minute 25 seconds real time and 0.072 seconds user ...
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Why do `cp` and `rm` treat directories separately?

Why do tools like cp and rm treat directories separately from regular files? They both require the user to explicitly specify she wants a recursive behavior, or else they won't deal with directories ...
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Remove all Vim undo files in all but one directory

I just realized that I have tons of Vim undo (.un~) files sprinkled around my file system. I'd like to delete all of these files except in one directory—~/.tmp. My first problem is that I can't seem ...
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How to execute command on list of file names in a file?

I have listed the names of the files which are to be deleted into a file. How can I pass the file to rm command so that it should delete them one by one.
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find flags: -exec rm -rf vs -delete

I thought the flags I mentioned in the question are the same, but I get the following message with the former, but nothing with the latter: $ find . -mindepth 1 -type d -exec rm -rf {} \; find: ...
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Killed `rm` and `cp` on nfs share

I am just testing an rsnapshot installation on my laptop which should backup to a NAS mounted via nfs on my laptop. On one test rsnapshot died with a cp -al problem (i.e. a problem with hard links) ...
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Speeding a find rm command with test through parallelization

I want to recursively delete all files in directories and subdirectories with number of lines less than 10, and am currently using the following command find . -type f -name "*.txt" | while read; do ...
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When we do rm -rf * why we do not delete . and ..?

I am just curious. Is there a save guard there? . and .. is a "subdirectory" of the directory we are deleting right? I know it's not a subdirectory but linux treat it as a file with directory ...
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What is an equivalent of rm `find lib/ -name *.swp` without find?

As in the title, I would like to remove all files in the lib directory with .swp in the end. How can I do this without find in: rm `find lib/ -name *.swp`
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How to prevent a mistaken rm -rf for specific folders?

I think pretty much people here mistakenly 'rm -rf'ed the wrong directory, and hopefully it did not cause a huge damage.. Is there any way to prevent users from doing a similar unix horror story?? ...
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rm -fr not working

I have a directory that was generated by mistake by an application and this directory has a structure that involves more than 2000 directories, one inside a another, something like: Directory aaaa ...
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Shell script to delete all files which are older [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deleting files by age Write a shell script to delete all the files which are "n" of older that current day, where n can be 3days. 2days, or 1 year etc. The above script ...
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Delete all folders containing files which match pattern

I'm trying to delete all subdirectories of my current working directory which contain a rar file. My first attempt: find -name *.rar -exec rm -r {}/.. ';' failed because that is not a valid ...
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How to delete a file to the trash in BASH (Linux) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make `rm` move to trash I've looked everywhere for the answer, but I can't find it. Is it possible to move/delete a file to the trash folder on linux. But also having ...
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Can't delete symbolic links, permission denied

I try to delete all symbolic links pointing to Python3.2 with sudo ls -l . | grep '../Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.2' | awk '{print $9}' | xargs rm This just gives rm: 2to3: ...
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Configure rm command

I want to configure rm command. When one types rm to delete a file, then instead of deleting it right away, the file has to be transferred to the .trash of home folder. Can someone help me ?
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rm option to fail on nonexistent files

The man page of rm in GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb describes the -f or --force option as "ignore nonexistent files, never prompt". Without this option, it will remove any existing files, never prompt, ...
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Interactively deleting files from a list

I'd like to remove a list of files and be asked for confirmation. The list is in the list.txt file. Why the following command doesn't work properly? while read i; do rm -i $i; done < list.txt ...
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Cannot delete a file - permission denied - why?

[db2inst1][testing ~/sqllib/db2dump] rm db2diag.log rm: cannot remove `db2diag.log': Permission denied [db2inst1][testing ~/sqllib/db2dump] id uid=1002(db2inst1) gid=107(db2iadm1) ...
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Why can rm remove read-only files?

If I create a file and then change its permissions to 444 (read-only), how come rm can remove it? If I do this: echo test > test.txt chmod 444 test.txt rm test.txt ...rm will ask if I want to ...
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I ran rm -rf. Need to recover files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recover a file just deleted How to undelete/restore the deleted files in ubuntu linux I ran $rm -rf on a machine by mistake. But it wasn't as a super-user, so ...
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Deleting many files except one type [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deleting all files in a folder except files X, Y, and Z I am writing a script to compile many .tex files. After that, many auxiliaries files were created. So, I would ...
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Can I make `rm` interactive only when using globbing? (in either bash or zsh or both)

Whenever I rm multiple items at once with shell globbing and there's even the slightest possibility that the pattern expands to more than I expect it to, I always try to remember to add -i, but (of ...