rm is the command to remove files

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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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Fine tuning of an informative replacement for rm [migrated]

I want to replace rm by a more informative variant: I would like to see which files will be deleted, along with their size, and I would like this information to use the same coloring as ls. I built ...
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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?
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Why can't root delete a file?

On a samba share, I have a .DS_Store file on a SMB network share that is causing havoc. Even as root, I can not delete or chmod it. -rwx------ 1 bob acme\Domain Users 6148 Apr 24 09:11 ...
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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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Efficiently delete large directory containing thousands of files

We have an issue with a folder becoming unwieldy with hundreds of thousands of tiny files. There are so many files that performing rm -rf returns an error and instead what we need to do is something ...
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rm -rf: cannot remove `/opt/jetty': Directory not empty

I have a script using the following command to remove a folder: ssh -q root@hostname sh -c 'rm -rf /opt/jetty/' Most of the times it works fine, but occasionally I get this message: rm: cannot ...
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delete all .swp file using rm command

I am trying to find and delete all .swp files in my current directory. I was using below command: rm -i `find . | grep .swp$` But everytime it is giving me this error: rm: missing operand Try `rm ...
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Why can't I remove the empty directory with username www-data? [duplicate]

The test is a directory which contains nothing, an empty directory. root@localhost:~# ls -l /home drwxrwxrwx 2 www-data www-data 4096 Apr 26 17:50 test root@localhost:~# ls -l /home/test ...
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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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find all directories (except `encoded`) in the working dir then delete all of them

I am trying to test this scenario, I have these files /encoded encode <~~~ a bash script /dir1 /dir2 .../dir2-sub test.meta what I wish is, for find to search for all directories in our current ...
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Cannot (force) remove directory in Docker build

With this Dockerfile: FROM php:5.4-fpm RUN apt-get -qqy update \ && apt-get -qqy install git \ libcurl4-gnutls-dev \ libmcrypt-dev \ ...
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How can I delete a file with no name

I somehow managed to create a file that doesn't seem to have a filename. I found some information regarding how to get more details of the file in the following thread. However, I tried some of the ...
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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 ...
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Why doesn't “rm -rf ./” delete anything?

The command rm -rf ./ does not do anything in a directory full of sub directories and files. Why so? Isn't -r supposed to go recursive? To add more confusion, it even prints an error message ...
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tar unused files then delete them

I have folder with subfolders and sessions logs. I need some commands or script to tar this folder without usage files and then delete it. I have this construction, but I'm not sure if this leave ...
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If “rm dir -r” has removed just partial content of dir/dir1/, has it not removed anything in dir/dir2/? [duplicate]

If rm dir -r has removed just partial content of dir/dir1/ (and I cancelled rm), has it not removed anything in dir/dir2/ if dir/dir2/ still exists and contains something? My OS is Ubuntu 14.04 and ...
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Cancel removing a directory, and want to find out what have been removed

I was removing a directory by rm -r mydir and cancelled it in the middle. How can I find out what have been removed under the directory? Does remove a content of a directory change the timestamp of ...