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If I use rm -rfi, this asks me every time each file is deleted. If I have a list of rm -rf commands, how can I make it so that the machine asks me for confirmation just once (when trying to delete the directory itself)

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With some rm implementations (DragonFly BSD where it comes from, FreeBSD and GNU at least), the -I (capital i) is what you are looking for. -i asks for confirmation for every file, while the -I (capital i) ask for confirmation once when files are more than 3 or you are deleting recursively.

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zsh -c 'rm -f -- **/*(^/)'
rm -ri -- *

This will recursively (**/) remove everything (*) that isn't a directory (^/) with zsh; then use your existing shell to interactively remove what's left (directories). To include dotfiles in the initial removal, use:

zsh -c 'rm -f -- **/*(D^/)'

followed by:

rm -ri -- *
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Try this, Well this could be a wild solution, but wanted to share anyway!

# function rm_ {
   [[ -d $1 ]] && rm -rI $1 || rm -f $1; 
}

Then use rm_ <directory|file>. If its directory you get rm: remove all arguments recursively? , else nothing and the file would be deleted.

This way , there will be no prompt to user while deleting files, as well as the user gets a prompt while deleting a directory.

If only rm -rI were to be used , user gets confirmation prompt for both files and directories and so I used a combination of both rm -f and rm -rI.

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