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Bulk remove a large directory on a ZFS without traversing it recursively

I want to remove a directory that has large amounts of data on it. This is my backup array, which is a ZFS filesystem, linear span, single pool. The data is in this pool called san, mounted on /san ...
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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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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 ...
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Delete everything except a few extensions

Can I modify the rm command with regular expression or something to delete. every file in current directory except files with extensions *.bmp, *.wav and *.png? It should be case insensitive because ...
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Delete subdirectory folder while saving contents

Lets say I have the directory /Users/admin/Documents/Folder1/file1.txt and would like to delete Folder1 without also deleting file1.txt. In the end it should look like ...
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How can I delete a file named “--append”? [duplicate]

By mistake I have created a file named : --append. How do I delete it? Simply entering the usual command, rm -f --append, doesn't work.
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Interactively remove files in loop with standard input redirection

I need to interactively (i.e. rm -i) remove files stored in variable $to_remove (one path per line). Unfortunately my code doesn't work because standard input is already used by redirection ...
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Count deleted files with interactive rm (rm -i)

I want to count number of interactively removed files and directories: for f in /tmp/mydir/* ; do rm -ir "$f" done How to do it in most concise/elegant way? Example: abc@def:/tmp/mydir$ tree ...
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rm refuses to remove folder! (nothing to do with the -R option)

I'm using Ubuntu on my personal laptop, and on my system, whenever I use rm on a file, it is gone. for good. The problem is on my university server. I am trying to delete a folder: environment/tests ...
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The precedence of command options?

I know that rm -f file1 will forcefully remove file1 without prompting me. I also know that rm -i file1 will first prompt me before removing file1 Now if you execute rm -if file1, this will also ...
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File/directory not being deleted?

Please see the screenshot. The image on the left says existing x installation found at /opt/x The image on the right shows the terminal where I attempt to delete the same directory. The terminal on ...
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How to remove all but last 10 files

I accumulate sequentially named files as the result of an automated process, and I would like to keep only the last 10 around. I tried this, which had the effect of deleting everything: ls -r | more ...
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Recursive rm doesn't work for me

Suppose, we have the following files in a directory: test.txt test.txt~ /subdir test1.txt test1.txt~ When I run rm -r ./*.*~ inside top dir only test.txt~ is removed. Why doesn't it perform ...
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AIX 'rm' command has no '-v' parameter for verbose output

The 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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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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Remove a directory from inside using the command line interface [duplicate]

Imaging the next simple file structure within the /home/user/ directory: /home/user |--dir0 |--dir1 |--file1 My current directory is 'dir1' and I remove the ...
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how to delete swarm of ._ files using commandline

I have these files in MAC which have weird ._ character before filenames/folders. Which I want to delete in one shot. Is there a way to do it in commandline? eg. ._js ._css ._image if I go into ...
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Delete Huge file in linux

I would like to delete a large file in my server. It's very large nearly more than TB's. What is the best way to delete that huge file ???
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Undeletable directory

Everything I've tried (always with superuser privileges) has failed: # rm -rf /path/to/undeletable rm: cannot remove ‘/path/to/undeletable’: Is a directory # rmdir /path/to/undeletable rmdir: failed ...
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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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How to delete this undeletable directory?

I untarred a corrupt tar file, and managed to end up with some directory that I can not delete, If I try to delete it, it seems like it can not be found, but ls shows it's present, both with bash and ...
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rm not deleting file, thinks its a directory

I have a hard drive with windows loaded on it hooked up to my Linux machine for backing up some of the information. I want to delete one of the 'temporary internet files' folders and it deleted all ...
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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 a file that can be seen but no program can seem to touch?

I'm trying to remove some obsolete backups, and deep inside one I've found a file 'cifs3bee' that I can find no way of removing. (And since I can't remove it, it's preventing the removal of the entire ...
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How do I remove a directory and all its contents?

In bash all I know is that rmdir directoryname will remove the directory but only if it's empty. Is there a way to force remove subdirectories?
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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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sudo rm -rf returns “cannot remove directory” on empty directory owned by root

I have a directory on my Debian system. The directory is: root@debian:/3/20150626# stat 00 File: `00' Size: 6 Blocks: 0 IO Block: 4096 directory Device: fe00h/65024d Inode: ...
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“find” function still print files I've already removed

I've removed some directories and files inside them using sudo rm and sudo rmdir, but when I execute sudo find /*/*/ng* the files I've previously deleted are still showing up, anybody know why and ...
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Deleting ghost files with non-ASCII characters

I have some weird files and folders in my trash on Mac OS X. After I "empty" the trash, the files still remain. I attempted to manually delete the files: $ cd ...
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File deletion under special conditions, recursively if possible

I am looking for a unix command sequence, which is able to perform a quite complex, conditional deleting action. All files with the extensions "[NAME].cut" and "[NAME].cut.bak" shall be deleted, IF ...
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How do I delete a file whose name begins with “-” (hyphen a.k.a. dash or minus)?

How do you remove a file whose filename begins with a dash (hyphen or minus) -? I'm ssh'd into a remote OSX server and I have this file in my directory: tohru:~ $ ls -l total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 me ...
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Delete several sequential file names, but ignore part of the first

Sometimes, my scripts get trapped in infinite loops. When the loop creates new files, things get messy. I currently have this file name format: Task.4883.store.log where 4883 is a counter. I ...
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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][1] command can't delete these files. I logged in as a root user.
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Proper way to delete contents of directory [duplicate]

What is the proper way to delete all the contents of a directory, without said directory? For example, I have the following directory structure: foo/ bar1/ bar2/ x.txt I want to delete ...
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delete multiple remote files with the FTP command

Right now we have a script that uses the FTP mget command to download all the files in a specific location. After after verifying the files have successfully downloaded we run a ftp delete command ...
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How does Linux format itself while running? [duplicate]

When you run sudo rm -rf --no-preserve-root / Your system will delete every file, one by one. However, this also includes running processes and the operating system itself, eventually deleting rm. ...
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How many files can rm delete at once? [duplicate]

One of my friends wanted to have more logs in the /var/log/ directory, and after some time of using the system, he tried to access the folder and list it, but instead he got the following error: ...
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Where is the trash can for root partition?

I use trash-put to trash files from command line. Recently, I had aliased my rm command to trash-put so that I don't accidentally delete something important. However, what happened now was that I ...
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How to remove all files in a directory except hidden ones?

I'm cleaning an output directory before I put things in it. I want to track the output directory in git with a .gitkeep file, but this keeps on getting deleted with my rm -rf "$OUT_DIR" line in a ...
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How to put “rm -i” in an iteration?

echo "$MOUNTPOINTLIST" | while read onelinefortouch; do touch "${onelinefortouch}testfileforwrite"; done echo "$MOUNTPOINTLIST" | while read onelineforrm; do rm -i "${onelineforrm}testfileforwrite"; ...
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Deleting files with spaces in their names

I am trying to delete all the files with a space in their names. I am using following command. But it is giving me an error Command : ls | egrep '. ' | xargs rm Here if I am using only ls | egrep '. ...
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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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How to delete a file that starts with a -? [duplicate]

I accidentally created a file when I meant to pass an option. Now I have a file named: -myfile that I can not delete with rm -myfile $ touch hi > -myfile $ rm -myfile rm: invalid option -- 'm' ...
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How can I delete a file named “>”?

I was running a Python script that malfunctioned and used sudo to create a file named >. How can I get rid of this file? Of course, when I try sudo rm >, I get the error bash: syntax error ...
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What happens step by step when using “rm -rf directory”? [duplicate]

Let's assume that I have 150 GB of data in a directory and I have accidentally run this command for a directory. Suddenly I realised, I should not put "/" in the beginning of directory and I ...
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Remove files newer than X day and hour

I want to remove files, more specifically, symbolic links of /usr/include that are newer than 2 JUN 22:27 How can I do this?
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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 delete stubborn directory?

I'm having issues with dropbox so I'd like to uninstall and reinstall it. To do so I need to remove ~/.dropbox-dist but no matter what I do it won't budge. If I run ls -l I get: drwxr-xr-x 3 user ...
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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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Delete files older than X days +

I have found the command to delete files older than 5 days in a folder find /path/to/files* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \; But how do I also do this for subdirectories in that folder?