rm is the command to remove files

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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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How do I remove all files from wtihin a certain directory except for a child directory of that directory?

I’m using bash shell. I have this command to delete all JAR files within a particular directory find ~/.jenkins/jobs/subco/ -name '*.jar' -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm However, I want to modify the ...
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Why does the following script delete itself?

If you create an executable file with the following contents, and run it, it will delete itself. How does this work? #!/bin/rm
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Have rm not report when a file is missing?

I have a bash script that I want to remove files from various directories. Frequently, they won't be there because they weren't generated and that's fine. Is there a way to get the script not to ...
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OSX: Grammarian won't uninstall

Im trying to uninstall an annoying app on my Mac called Grammarian Pro X and the uninstaller doesn't work with my version of OSX 10.11. You can uninstall the main app but there is still bits of the ...
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How to override option in aliased command? [duplicate]

I have a rm aliased: alias rm='rm -i' How can I override the -i option when I want to remove a large number of files and I don't want to confirm each deletion?
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Delete directories that contain a certain file

I want to find all directories that contain a certain file and then delete those directories. With find . -name thatcertainfile -execdir pwd \; I get a list of all the directories I want to delete, ...
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How to delete a tilde (~) folder? [duplicate]

I need to delete a "~" folder in my home directory. I realize now that rm -R ~ is a bad choice. Can I safely use rm -R "~"?
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What happens if rm is stopped half way through prompts?

What happens if there are prompts during an rm -R command asking if the user would like to overwrite, and then some of the prompts are accepted, but halfway through the user aborts the command. Are ...
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What is the difference between the error “not found” and the error “command not found” are they the same?

In this question the user is getting the error "not found". I realized that the error is "not found" instead of "command not found". Are these two errors different? I'm not sure if I've just never ...
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Dangers of using rm command with variables

I am creating a crontab that compresses 15 minute clips from my security camera into one file (24 Hours Long) and then having the clips delete. avimerge -o /media/jmartin/Cams/video/Full_$(date +%F ...
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Having trouble deleting specific directories within a specific parent directory

I’m using Amazon Linux, bash shell. I’m trying to write a statement that will delete all child directories named “target” within a specific master directory. I would like to write things such that ...
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Input/output error when trying to remove a file in NFS

I am trying to remove a file that is located on an NFS storage device. rm model_parameters_epoch_000.npz I get the error message: rm: cannot remove ‘model_parameters_epoch_000.npz’: Input/output ...
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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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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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Preventing deletion of system/shell aliased folders

Is there a way to prevent deletion of system/shell aliased folders? I want these commands to fail. My shell is bash. Such as: $rm -rf . $rm -rf .. $rm -rf ~ $rm -rf *
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rm prompt when deleting unwritable files

This is about GNU rm. The info page says: Otherwise, if a file is unwritable, standard input is a terminal, and the -f or --force option is not given, or the -i or --interactive=always option is ...
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Can't delete a file

I trie to use sudo rm -rf .Trash-1001 But it says "The Removing of .Trash-1001/info" is not possible: The directory is not empty. (This is a translation by me because I have German as my system ...
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Remove certain types of files except in a folder

I have a command in my makefile for clean: rm -rf */*.o */*.cmo */*.cmi */*.cmx */*.cma */*.cmxa */*.annot Now I would like to write a cleanpartial that removes these files except those in the ...
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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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Rename folder with odd characters

I have a folder on my Mac called "␀␀␀␀HFS+ Private Data". I'm trying to delete it but it contains a bunch of odd characters that are choking unlink, rm and mv, making it difficult to remove it and ...
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Remove the latest modified file

I have created two files: sample.txt and sample.txt  (the second file contains some hidden characters, e.g. a space). How can I remove the latest modified file? I'm using Linux.
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rm -rf all files and all hidden files without . & .. 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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Remove file, but only if it's a symlink

Ideally I'd like a command like this rm --only-if-symlink link-to-file because I have burned myself too many times accidentally deleting the file instead of the symlink pointing to the file. This ...
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Syntax for rm command. Worried about using the -r option

I am trying to create a routine to manage the backup files I am creating, so that older folders will be deleted automatically in the process. Here’s what I've got: #!/bin/sh day=$(date +%m%d%y) ...
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Scripting `rm` and `rm -i`

I want to create a script that whenever there are more than three files being removed, it invokes rm -i by default. I know it will go in initialization files but can't seem to get it working. So far: ...
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`rm` prompt when given more than one file [duplicate]

For some reason, my finger memory has converted mv to rm. Until I manage to retrain those fingers, how might I have rm prompt when provided multiple locations (one of which likely does not exist)? I ...
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Remove files with match only from some subdirectories

I have a directory with several subdirectories; in each of these, I have some files. I want to perform a grep only for some subdirectories to find those files that match the query and remove them; ...
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How can I remove just the writable files in a directory, without any prompt?

I want to delete only the writable files in a directory. If I do rm * it removes all the writable files (so far so good), but I get a prompt for each non-writable file. I don't want a prompt, I ...
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How far can you go with rm -rf / as root

If you are root, and you issue rm -rf / Then how far can the command go? Can you recover data from this kind of an action? Even after the binaries are gone, would the running processes still be ...
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Cannot remove <file>: No such file or directory

I just ran some self-written program in which I make files and fill them with stuff. However, I did something wrong (or at least, not as intended) with the name generation and now there are four files ...
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Search for and remove files safely

I would like to search for all the nohup.out in my mounted filesystems, and delete them. There are some directories and files whose filenames contain space, so I think of xargs -0. To be safe, I ...
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Why is rm allowed to delete a file under ownership of a different user?

From the post Why can rm remove read-only files? I understand that rm just needs write permission on directory to remove the file. But I find it hard to digest the behaviour where we can easily delete ...
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Is there a tool to create a hard link to an unlinked inode?

Assume you have a filename/directory name, whatever, which is hard linked to inode 6400. Alas, the file/directory actually exists (completely intact, and maybe it only lives in a single data block, ...
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Can a file be retrieved by its inode?

I ran following commands in the order specified: $ln a b $ls -i a b 523669 a 523669 b $rm -f a $ls -i b 523669 b I concluded from this test that the command rm actually removes only the filename (a ...
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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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Linux: remove file*..but not file1 and file2 [duplicate]

Usually on bash i did shopt -s extglob rm !(filedontwantremove) and remove all files except filedontwantremove But if i want to remove all file except filedontwantremove and ...
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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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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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No space on device when removing a file under OpenSolaris

While trying to mount a NFS share (exported from an OpenIndiana server) on a client box, the OI server crashed. I got the black screen of death, what looked like a log dump, then the system restated. ...
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How to alias rm to always confirm

When I use the command rm -rf, I want to make sure a prompt always appears before deleting a file, so I tried adding this to ~/.bashrc alias 'rm -rf'='rm -rfi' But it doesn't work. How can I fix ...
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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 to safely delete a regular directory that contains several btrfs snapshots inside it?

I have a regular directory than contains directly underneath it several btrfs snapshots. Is it safe to do an rm -rf on the parent directory, or do I need to first do a btrfs subvolume delete SUBVOL on ...
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Delete all files except in a certain subdirectory with find

I want to recursively delete all files not accessed in a while in folder a, except all files in the subfolder b. find a \( -name b -prune \) -o -type f -delete However, I get an error message: ...
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Workaround for missing rm -I option on OSX? [duplicate]

I'd like to do this, on OSX: alias rm="rm -I" In GNU rm, this means that rm will prompt if it's recursive or if it's deleting three or more files, but not if it's just deleting one or two files. ...
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my home directory appears in my download directory

In my Downloads folder when I run ls I see the home directory, and I don't know why, I want to remove it but I am afraid to remove my home folder. Can anyone tell me how I can just remove the home ...
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Is it possible to determine the progress of an rm command?

Using rm -rf LargeDirectory to delete a large directory can take a large amount of time to complete depending on the size of the directory. Is it possible to get a status update or somehow monitor ...
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Deleting a file after X days does not work [duplicate]

Ive tried multiple ways of writing this and im executing the script myself so it isnt the crontab that isnt working. These are examples of what ive tried : find /home/backups -mtime +1 -exec rm {} \; ...
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How do I recursively delete directories with wildcard?

I am working through SSH on a WD My Book World Edition. Basically I would like to start at a particular directory level, and recursively remove all sub-directories matching .Apple*. How would I go ...
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Does 'rm .*' ever delete the parent directory?

The expression .* is expanded by bash to include the current and parent directories: $ ls -la total 2600 drwxrwxrwx 2 terdon terdon 2162688 Sep 10 16:22 . drwxr-xr-x 142 terdon terdon 491520 Sep ...