I have extracted an archive whose contents are not stored in a sub-directory into a directory with filled with other files and is now cluttered and confusing.
To fix this I have extracted the archive into a new empty directory and want to use the directory listing there to delete the files from first directory which got mixed up. The files were originally extracted into the '/usr/src/packages' directory and the new directory is
vfclists@hp01:~/Programs/DBeaver$ ls -l total 216 -rw-r--r-- 1 vfclists vfclists 48943 Oct 23 23:28 artifacts.xml drwxr-xr-x 4 vfclists vfclists 4096 Oct 23 23:28 configuration -rwxr-xr-x 1 vfclists vfclists 79058 Oct 23 22:58 dbeaver -rw-r--r-- 1 vfclists vfclists 206 Oct 23 23:28 dbeaver.ini -rw-r--r-- 1 vfclists vfclists 7919 Oct 9 14:05 dbeaver.png drwxr-xr-x 23 vfclists vfclists 4096 Oct 23 23:28 features -rwxr-xr-x 1 vfclists vfclists 35021 Oct 23 22:58 icon.xpm drwxr-xr-x 2 vfclists vfclists 4096 Oct 23 23:28 licenses drwxr-xr-x 4 vfclists vfclists 4096 Oct 23 23:28 p2 drwxr-xr-x 6 vfclists vfclists 20480 Oct 23 23:28 plugins -rw-r--r-- 1 vfclists vfclists 1791 Oct 23 23:28 readme.txt vfclists@hp01:~/Programs/DBeaver$
So what I want to do is to pipe the output of
ls to xargs but when I run the command the filename gets prepended with a space so I get test output like this.
vfclists@hp01:~/Programs/DBeaver$ ls | xargs -n 1 echo rm /usr/src/packages/ rm /usr/src/packages/ artifacts.xml rm /usr/src/packages/ configuration rm /usr/src/packages/ dbeaver rm /usr/src/packages/ dbeaver.ini rm /usr/src/packages/ dbeaver.png rm /usr/src/packages/ features rm /usr/src/packages/ icon.xpm rm /usr/src/packages/ licenses rm /usr/src/packages/ p2 rm /usr/src/packages/ plugins rm /usr/src/packages/ readme.txt
There is also the matter of distinguishing between directories and files, but I want to deal with this first.
UPDATE: It turns out that
rm -rf works as well on files as on directories, to it doesn't really matter in this instance, so I simply have to replace
rm xxxx with
rm -rf xxxx