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I have multiple directories that contain text files. Some of these directories are named differently yet contain the same text files. How do I remove all duplicated directories?

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$ rmlint --types duplicatedirs <path>

That will list duplicate dirs and create a shell script (rmlint.sh) that you can optionally run to delete them.

See the user guide for installation instructions etc.

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Try this first compare files byte by byte and if found same file then move the duplicated files to a backup path.

find /path/to/src -type f -exec cmp -s '{}' "/path/to/destA/{}" \; -exec echo mv -v "/path/to/destA/{}" "/path/to/backup/" \;
  • Ps, you need to run above for all your /path/to/destS. please note that if in case you had same files name in multiple destS with move command to /path/to/backup/ those will overwrite with same files name.
  • Ps, remove echo from the command to preforming actual move.

Then perform to run another find to delete empty directories.

find -type d -empty #-delete
  • Ps, remove the # from the command to perform actual deletion when you ensure it's displaying the empty directories and expected.

Later you can double check the files are moved to backup /path/to/backup/ path and once you confirmed with yourself, you can delete them with your wish as well.

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