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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 ...
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how can I recursively delete empty directories in my home directory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove all empty directories in a subtree? I create directories very often, scattered over my home directory, and I find it very hard to locate and delete them. ...
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Locate and delete all temporary files in user directory

I use vim a lot, and my area has power failure a lot. So the resultant is I get many *.swp files scattered over my PC. I want an alias of rm command that removes all files with either .swp, ~, ...
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How do I remove a directory and all its contents?

I'm trying to learn some directory navigagtion with bash and all I know is that rmdir directoryname will remove the directory but not if it's containing something. Is there a way to force it to ...
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Rm can't delete file

chmod 777 -R /mnt rm -rf /mnt/* rm: cannot remove 'omitted': Read-only file system rm: cannot remove 'omitted': Read-only file system Please show me how I can do this?
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Make `rm` move to trash

Is there a Linux script / application which, instead of deleting files, moves them to a special “trash” location? I’d like this as a replacement for rm (maybe even aliasing the latter; there are pros ...
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How can I delete all files with a particular extension in a particular folder?

If I set the current/working directory (navigating to it using cd) to some particular directory and then type: rm *.xvg What will this command do? Is it true that the above command will only delete ...
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Remove directory in ftp

This is probably very simple, but I really can't get it to work. I have an old directory with a symlink in it. I need to delete the directory, but it says it is not empty when I try: rm -f dirname ...
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OSX : rmdir “permission denied” but directory removed

This is a question from a newbie trying to learn UNIX commands. I was trying to test the rmdir command by removing a test directory located in my Downloads directory. I have read and write rights on ...
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How can I remove all symbolic links with a special target?

With the command: ls -la * I can list all my symbolic links. How can I remove all symbolic links which are linked to a special folder? For example: In my directory usr/local/bin I have the ...
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Need to delete a directory with name '~' created accidentally

I don't remember exactly how this directory got created. It's name is ~, the alternative we all use for home diretory. I also see a sticky bit attached with this directory. How shall I delete it? I ...
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Unable to delete directory

On my OS X host, I am having trouble deleting the directory "foo". mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls foo mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls foo/ Ảnh011.jpg Ảnh012.jpg Ảnh013.jpg mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls -l foo/ ls: ...
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Remove files older than 5 days in UNIX (date in file name, not timestamp)

I want to delete log files which are older than 5 days from a directory. But deletion should not be based on the timestamp of file. It should be based on the name of file. For Example todays date is ...
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Deleting files by age

Is there a command to delete all the files in a directory that haven't been modified in N days? I need to clean up some old logs.
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Efficiently delete large directory containing thousands of files

We have an issue with a folder becoming unwieldy with hundreds of thousands of tiny files. There are so many files that performing rm -rf returns an error and instead what we need to do is something ...
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What's the purpose of `rm -P`?

I was reading the man page for rm when I came across this option: -P Overwrite regular files before deleting them. Files are overwritten three times, first with the byte pattern 0xff, then ...
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Protect files from `rm -f`

Much to my immediate chagrin, removing write permission from a file does not seem to protect it from rm -f: touch foo chmod a-w foo rm -f foo How can I protect a file from accidental deletion when ...
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How can I delete a hidden folder?

I want to delete many configuration folder in my home user folder but I can't figure out how to delete them. How can I delete a hidden folder?