rm is the command to remove files

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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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Recovering accidentally deleted files

I accidentally deleted a file from my laptop. I'm using Fedora. Is it possible to recover the file?
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How to remove all the files in a directory?

I am trying to remove all files and subdirectories in a directory. I used rm -r to remove all files, but I want to remove all files and subdirectories, excluding the top directory itself. For ...
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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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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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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 ...
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I made a mistake last night, which deleted 1800GB of my File-Server unintentionally

I ran this command yesterday, I thought on a test machine, but it was a File-Server connected through SSH. sudo rm -rf /tmp/* !(lost+found) My terminal emulator is Konsole. My system is Debian 7. ...
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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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Cron job to delete files older than 3 days

I need to remove files older than 3 days with a cron job in 3 different directories. (these 3 directories are children of a parent directory /a/b/c/1 & /a/b/c/2 & /a/b/c/3) Can this be done ...
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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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File of Doom freezes any computer that attempts interaction

I have a file on an internal server that causes any machine that interacts with it to immediately and irrecoverably freeze. By interaction, I mean just about anything: rm, mv, cp, cat, vi, gedit, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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how do I remove all files in a folder except just some specified files?

I want to remove all files in a directory while leaving just some specified files, they don't have anything in common by name. How could I achieve that? For example, the file names I want to keep ...
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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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How to delete files, symbolic in one folder, but leave its subdirectories unchanged?

Assume there is a folder that has files, symbolic links, and subdirectories as following: files: file1, file2, file3, file4 symbolic links: link1-->file2, link2-->file3 subdirectories: dir1, ...
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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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Delete empty directories using 'ls' command

I want to delete empty directories without using find command find . -empty -type d -delete. like the following: if [ "$(ls -d *)" ]; then echo "Not Empty" else echo "Delete" fi How do I ...
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Why won't OS X let me rename a file?

I accidentally named a file testIn2Post.py rather than testIn2post.py (notice the different case for the letter "p") and have been unable to rename it, even after rm-ing the file in question. Notice ...
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Remove parent and sub directory

sample_dir2 `-- sample_dir |-- cambridge | `-- security | |-- annex | `-- parking |-- history.exe |-- markham | |-- annex | |-- building1 | `-- ...
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How to remove file with mv command?

I started to study Solaris in my university. Teacher told me to remove a file with mv command. I tried to move a file to /dev/null. But that did not work. How can I remove file with mv command?
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Command that can find files that are not referenced by other files and then delete them

I was wondering if anyone knew how I could go about writing a grep command that recursively finds files that are not being referenced/used in a specific file and/or a directory of files, and then ...
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How does rm -r go about recursively removing? In what order?

Is there some order of operations to rm? I performed rm on a large directory and am curious where I should look to see what might have been deleted. Does rm work on files first, then directories? Or ...
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mount command over existing drive, then deleted

So I had a directory sitting on /dev/sdb1 I umounted the drive, moved the backup to sdc1 and restarted the server, still can't see the files...
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Remove file with ` in name

At some point I created a file with: ` in it. How do I remove it? ls -la returns: -rw-rw-r-- 1 ec2-user ec2-user 0 Sep 25 23:01 `which
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Unable to delete a file without permissions etc

I have a file in Windows XP left over after deleting Google Chrome. Its location is C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\old_Cache_000 The ...
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How do I delete directory and file, if .picasa.ini is the only file in the directory?

I want to start from a root directory and recurse through the tree. I want to delete the directory and file if there is only one file in the directory called .picasa.ini It seems like the "find" ...
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Why did powering down my machine after a bad `rm` save my files?

Classical situation: I ran a bad rm and realized immediately afterwards that I had removed the wrong files. (Nothing critical and I had tolerably recent backups, but still annoying.) Knowing that ...
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How to remove all empty directories in a subtree?

How can I remove all empty directories in a subtree? I used something like find . -type d -exec rmdir {} 2>/dev/null \; but I needs to be run multiple times in order to remove directories ...
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Accidentally rm -r the wrong etc folder… Help? [duplicate]

Well as you can see from the title I managed to accidentally rm -r the wrong etc file in Ubuntu 14.0.4 Desktop. I also decided I would set up encryption on my home folder (Another mistake). Is there ...
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Delete old files but keep one each week/month/year

I have a folder with log-files each ~10 minutes: alfred_140810-190001.json alfred_140810-191001.json alfred_140810-192002.json alfred_140810-193001.json alfred_140810-194001.json ...
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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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What does /bin/rm -f <file> do in Unix?

I came across a line and had no idea what it does. I have also checked Google, but still no luck. $ /bin/rm -f fslvbm2a There is no output on the screen.
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How do I delete a folder but not the contents?

My directory (in Linux) looks like com/com/{various,files} where com and com are folders of the same name and the second com holds the various files. I want the first com removed, but the second and ...
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How to remove files except a list with names files [duplicate]

I need delete some .desktop files in various directories and a text file with a list of file names. I want to delete all these .desktop files except for those listed in my text file). Example $ ls ...
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What is the difference between 'rm' and 'unlink'?

Assuming you know the target is a symbolic link and not a file, is there any difference between using rm and unlink to remove the link?
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Why are rmdir and unlink two separate system calls?

Here's something that kept me wondering for a while: [15:40:50][/tmp]$ mkdir a [15:40:52][/tmp]$ strace rmdir a execve("/usr/bin/rmdir", ["rmdir", "a"], [/* 78 vars */]) = 0 brk(0) ...
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I deleted /bin/rm. How do I recover it?

Just for fun, I thought I would use this command on my Raspberry PI running Raspbian: sudo rm -f /bin/rm I thought I could just reinstall coreutils: I was wrong! apt-get install --reinstall ...
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Cannot delete File on Fedora

I have a file with following permission: -rwSr-s---. 1 1634630331 1818884080 118784 Jun 29 1970 DailyUpdateClass.class If I try to delete this file with root login, I get error. rm: cannot remove ...
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Getting a propmt when deleteing a non-directory

I want to get a prompt when attempting to delete a non-empty directory with rmdir. Is this possible?
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How do I recursively shred an entire directory tree?

I have a directory tree that I would like to shred with the Linux 'shred' utility. Unfortunately, shred has no -R option for recursive shredding. How can I shred an entire directory tree ...
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Deleted /tmp accidently

Accidently, I ran sudo rm -r /tmp, is that a problem ? I recreated it using sudo mkdir /tmp, does that fix the problem ? After I recreated the directory, In the places section in the sidebar in ...
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Accidentally executed sudo rm /* on a remote server

I accidentally executed rm /* while logged in as root in a remote Ubuntu Server and deleted pretty much all binaries and currently I can neither log in via ssh or ftp to restore the files (and hope ...
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Delete ghost files with special characters

I have read several ways to delete files with special characters, but none of them works for me in one special folder in my cache system. I have no idea how the files got there, and why they turned ...
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How to find and empty some directories

I'd like to find and delete the contents while leaving the directories themselves intact. The following find /data1 -name MyTargetDir -type d -exec rm -rv {} \; and find /data1 -name ...
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How do I delete a file in a read-only directory?

I've got a directory and a file in it, with the directory marked as read-only: $ mkdir directoryname $ touch directoryname/filename $ chmod a-w directoryname I cannot delete the file, even if pass ...