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This command lists all the files match the provided name:

find . -iname .DS_Store

But when I use -delete parameter with it, I can't see the list of deleted files. They just get deleted.

Preferably without making it complicated with | xarg .. or -exec rm {}, is there any magic flag to see the deleted files when using find . -iname .DS_Store -delete?

PS: I know I can run the command without delete flag before, but I'm looking for something like print0 (though prints uglily) to get the job done.

marked as duplicate by Jeff Schaller, Gilles find Feb 28 at 11:15

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Just add -print to the end of the command:

find . -iname .DS_Store -delete -print

This would output the pathnames of the files found.

If this is on a macOS system (or on any of the BSD systems), using the default implementation of find there, then the -delete predicate always returns true, meaning that the -print would also always come into effect. This means that the command above would print all found pathnames, regardless of whether they were successfully deleted or not. The -delete predicate in GNU find would return false if the name could not be deleted.

If you're on a macOS or BSD system, and if this matters to you, then use

find . ! -type d -iname .DS_Store -exec rm {} \; -print

instead. Here, the rm would return a non-zero exit status if it failed to remove the given name, and this in turn means that the -print would not come into effect for that pathname. I've also added ! -type d since rm only deletes non-directories (when not using rm -r).

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