rm is the command to remove files

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Remove empty directory trees (removing as many directories as possible but no files)

Suppose I have a dir tree like this: ROOTDIR └--SUBDIR1 └----SUBDIR2 └----SUBDIR3 I am looking for a command such that when I input: $ [unknown command] ROOTDIR The whole ...
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Removing a directory that has no files in it

I recently created a username and a group called gamesForAdmin. Since then I deleted it and the folder I made for it is still there: drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Jul 4 11:28 . drwxr-xr-x ...
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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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Remove files and directories even if not empty, except some directories

I am trying to remove all contents of a directory with some exclusions. I'm currently using this: find . -type f | grep -vZf ../../exclude.file | xargs rm -rf The exclude.file contains: *log* ...
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Delete subfolder and keeping up parent folder

I need to delete folderx which are not accessed for seven days, easily I can do it with next: find /path/folder -type d -mtime +7 |xargs rm -rf The probelm is when I have subfolder marked for ...
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du cannot access file - No such file or directory error

I have lots of subfolders inside a particular folder which in turn contains lots of smaller files. They are created programmatically and so I do not know how many of them are there inside. I decided ...
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Give user permission to rm without password or sudo

I'm trying to give the ubuntu user on my machine the ability to rm folders and files (mainly in the /www/ folder) without the need to invoke a password or the need to use sudo. I've been following ...
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Is there a single '03 registered UNIX which can't do rm — -foo at this point?

I'm trying to dispel this uncertainty I have about the use of the double-dash (two hyphens, --) as an end of options delimiter(as opposed to a long option prefix). It's possible some confusion arose ...
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“no such file or directory” message when deleting a file that exists on NTFS

I have a directory with images. Suddenly I found out that there's a new image with a new name. The image content is similar to another image in another directory but with a different name. I didn't ...
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Delete files and directories by their names. No such file or directory

I need to delete all compiled data: directories called build, directories called obj, *.so files. I wrote a command find \( -name build -o -name obj -o -name *.so \) -exec rm -rf {} \; that ...
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Minimum file permissions to delete a file [duplicate]

To delete a file in Linux: What minimal permissions do we need to set on it? What minimal permissions do we need to set on its parent directory?
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I can't remove a directory tree with rm -rf

This seems very strange to me. I'm running kernel 2.6.37.2 and ran: ~]$ cp -r /proc/ here ~]$ rm -rf here I get some permission denies when copying as expected and I eventually hit Control-C. I get ...
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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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Double rm verification in zsh

When I do a rm * in zsh, I get something like this: 2014-06-08 10:14:23 $ rm * zsh: sure you want to delete all the files in /home/assay/assay/log [yn]? y rm: remove regular file `development.log'? y ...
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How to remove all FIFO files with a shell command

I can't find a shell command to remove all the FIFO files inside a directory. In fact, for the removal of directories, the rm command offers the options -d, --dir, but for FIFOs it offers no option. ...
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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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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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Does Linux allow executing the “rm -rf / ” command? [closed]

We all know that we have to use the -rf option of rm command carefully. What I wonder is does Linux allow executing this command: rm -rf /? If so, why? This command could have disastrous ...
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Prevent active file removal on an NFS filesystem

I clear my logs using following script - find "." -mtime 1 -type f -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rf But it deletes the active files also and creates .nfs… files instead. Is there any way to prevent ...
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What is wrong with this “find all vim swap files and remove them with a confirmation” command?

I am trying to remove all vim swap file *.swp and remove them with a confirmation. The find command found the files, but rm says No such file or directory with the -i option. When I hardcode the path ...
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Unable to delete file, even when running as root

I am in the process of migrating a machine from RHEL 4 to 5. Rather than actually do an upgrade we have created a new VM (both machines are in a cloud) and I am in the process of copying across data ...
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Why is my inotifywait loop exiting after removing some subdirectories?

i have the following bash script: #!/bin/sh dir1=/source/dir/path/ while inotifywait -qqre modify "$dir1"; do rm -r /destination/dir/path find /source/dir/path/ -name .svn -exec rm -rf '{}' \; ...
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How do I remove a directory and all its subdirectories?

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 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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Most efficient way of purging of 10TB data from SAN? [duplicate]

I want to purge storage data from SAN which accumulates to 10 TB. The OS is linux. The storage is mounted as mount-points on a system for which it is visible I was recommended by a friend to use ...
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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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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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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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Delete files/ folders with .nfs files

A lot of time when I delete a folder, it says cannot be deleted because of .nfs files Error - Device or resource busy How can I delete a folder ignoring these errors ( is there any flag in rm ...
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rm -r * in unix [duplicate]

I am about to enter the command: rm -r * in a directory where I would like all files and directories (and their files) removed. My concern is that unix also has the ./ and the ../ directories. rm -r ...
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dd and rm -r commands

For me, the following commands do exactly the same thing: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sd1 dd if=/dev/null of=/dev/sd1 rm -r /dev/sd1/* meaning, the result of their application is the same. Or least, ...
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Is there a UNIX command to list all recently removed files from a system

Accidentally a rm -rf command was launched to my root directory instead of current directory. I stopped file removing by Ctrl+C but some files has already been removed. Is there a LINUX command to ...
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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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named.run file deleted but data left on disk?

Today I had a name-server stop resolving DNS due to the /var directory being full from the named.run cache build up. I tried removing all the files using: rm -rf name* However, although running ls ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Delete files with same name at the end of the file

Delete files with same name at the end of the file i have a lot of files in my folder and sub directories like ajax_hostel_room_master.php.php class_hostel_registration.php.php ...
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Is there a simple way to preview the files that rm will remove?

Is there a simple way to evaluate what a given rm command will do when you do not understand it (such as not recognizing how the flags, variables, etc. interact)? While ls helps catch problems in ...
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logic behind deleting files where user does not have right to write [duplicate]

When I create a file with no write permissions in my home directory: $ umask 777; touch testfile $ ls -ln testfile ---------- 1 1000 1000 0 2014-03-21 16:52 testfile $ ..then I'm still easily able ...
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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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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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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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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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Free disk space from a JBoss log file which is still being written to

Is there any locking on the content, imposed by the process if at all the process is using the file. We host a JBoss app server on a RHEL 6.4 OS and due to the disk space constraints we have decided ...
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How do I delete a unfortunately named folder? [duplicate]

In an unfortunate series of events, I happened to create a folder named --bindir=. Thing is, I cannot cd to him because when I try to cd I get this message: bash: cd: --: invalid option cd: usage: cd ...
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Recursively delete all files with a given extension [duplicate]

I wan't to delete all *.o files in a directory and its sub-directories. However I get an error: sashoalm@aspire:~/.Workspace.OLD$ rm -r *.o rm: cannot remove `*.o': No such file or directory On the ...
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delete old log files except the last one (alphanumerically sorted)

I have a number of log files in the form: log.2014-02-19-10_24_22 I.e. log.YYYY-MM-DD-H24_MI_SS The date that's part of the log file's name is when the log file was first created. So at any given ...