rm is the command to remove files

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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 files specified by the output of find: rm thinks argument list is too long.

When I run the following command, it gives me an error: $ rm -f `find /home/domain/imap/domain.com/*/Maildir -mtime +190 | grep -E '/cur/|/new/'` -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long How can I ...
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fdupes - delete files after comparing two directories

I'm currently trying to solve an issue using fdupes. I'd like to compare two folders with each other, and afterwards delete all duplicate files within one of these directories. Example: Files are ...
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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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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 ...