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Terminal - Commands tagged delete - 25 results
rsync -a --delete empty-dir/ target-dir/
2016-06-07 16:56:55
User: malathion
Functions: rsync
Tags: delete rsync

This command works by rsyncing the target directory (containing the files you want to delete) with an empty directory. The '--delete' switch instructs rsync to remove files that are not present in the source directory. Since there are no files there, all the files will be deleted.

I'm not clear on why it's faster than 'find -delete', but it is.

Benchmarks here: https://web.archive.org/web/20130929001850/http://linuxnote.net/jianingy/en/linux/a-fast-way-to-remove-huge-number-of-files.html

git branch --merged | grep -v "\*" | xargs -n 1 git branch -d
2015-01-25 00:30:37
User: krizzo
Functions: grep xargs

This checks if the branch has been merged with master and then will delete the ones that have been. Keeps your local git repo nice and clean from all the branches.

find /path/to/directory -not \( -name .snapshot -prune \) -type f -mtime +365
2013-12-11 14:51:53
User: cuberri
Functions: find

Useful when you want to cron a daily deletion task in order to keep files not older than one year. The command excludes .snapshot directory to prevent backup deletion.

One can append -delete to this command to delete the files :

find /path/to/directory -not \( -name .snapshot -prune \) -type f -mtime +365 -delete
redis-cli KEYS "user*" | xargs redis-cli DEL
2013-10-31 04:10:29
User: vp_arth
Functions: xargs

If you want to do this in the some one db, use

redis-cli -n5 KEYS "user*" | xargs redis-cli -n5 DEL
ls -R | grep -v skipme | xargs rm -Rf
2013-10-18 08:11:39
User: hadifarnoud
Functions: grep ls rm xargs
Tags: delete rm

This command will delete all files and folders except 'skipme'. it could be a file or a folder.

find . -type f ! -path \*CVS\* -exec rm {} \; -exec cvs remove {} \;
2013-06-28 20:17:40
User: jasonsydes
Functions: cvs find rm
Tags: bash cvs delete rm

This command removes and then cvs removes all files in the current directory recursively.

find . -type f -exec echo echo rm {} '|' batch ';'|bash
2013-03-01 15:14:08
User: Ztyx
Functions: batch echo find rm

While `echo rm * | batch` might seem to work, it might still raise the load of the system since `rm` will be _started_ when the load is low, but run for a long time. My proposed command executes a new `rm` execution once every minute when the load is small.

Obviously, load could also be lower using `ionice`, but I still think this is a useful example for sequential batch jobs.

find . -path ".*/cur/*" -type f ! -newermt "1 week ago" -delete
2012-03-05 15:48:21
User: evolix
Functions: find

This can be used to delete or archive old mails. In fact, for archiving its a bit different, you need to archive mails with any tools (e.g archivemail), and then deleting (if you want!).

Here we use -path ".*/cur/*" to avoid files limit in bash globbing and to search in any inbox (e.g .mymail .spam .whatever).

! -newermt "1 week ago" can be read: All files which is older than "1 week ago", adapt it in consequence.

ls -1 $PATH*/* | xargs file | awk -F":" '!($2~/PDF document/){print $1}' |xargs rm -rf
find /path/folder -type f -name "*.*" -print -exec rm -v {} + | wc -l;
2011-09-19 14:53:37
User: Koobiac
Functions: find rm wc

It does not work without the verbose mode (-v is important)

perl -MFile::Find -e"finddepth(sub{rmdir},'.')"
2011-05-23 08:45:34
User: igorfu
Functions: perl
Tags: perl delete

Recursively delete empty directories. Use with care.

svn status | grep '^?' | sed -e 's/^? */svn add "/g' -e 's/$/"/g'|sh ; svn status | grep '^!' | sed -e 's/^! */svn delete "/g' -e 's/$/"/g'|sh
find . -type f ! -name "*.foo" -name "*.bar" -delete
2010-10-07 20:17:38
User: sh1mmer
Functions: find

This command is recursive and will delete in all directories in ".". It will find and delete all files not specified with ! -name "pattern". In this case it's file extensions. -type f means it will only find files and not directories. Finally the -delete flag ask find to delete what it matches. You can test the command by running it first without delete and it will list the files it will delete when you run it.

find $HOME -name '*.sol' -exec rm {} \;
2010-08-27 06:38:16
User: Tungmar
Functions: find rm

Maybe you want first check which files will be deleted:

find $HOME -name '*.sol' -exec echo rm {} \;
grep -a -B 25 -A 100 'some string in the file' /dev/sda1 > results.txt
2010-08-19 20:07:42
User: olalonde
Functions: grep

grep searches through a file and prints out all the lines that match some pattern. Here, the pattern is some string that is known to be in the deleted file. The more specific this string can be, the better. The file being searched by grep (/dev/sda1) is the partition of the hard drive the deleted file used to reside in. The ?-a? flag tells grep to treat the hard drive partition, which is actually a binary file, as text. Since recovering the entire file would be nice instead of just the lines that are already known, context control is used. The flags ?-B 25 -A 100? tell grep to print out 25 lines before a match and 100 lines after a match. Be conservative with estimates on these numbers to ensure the entire file is included (when in doubt, guess bigger numbers). Excess data is easy to trim out of results, but if you find yourself with a truncated or incomplete file, you need to do this all over again. Finally, the ?> results.txt? instructs the computer to store the output of grep in a file called results.txt.

Source: http://spin.atomicobject.com/2010/08/18/undelete?utm_source=y-combinator&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=technical

curl --cookie name=<cookie_value> --data-urlencode name=my_post_key=<post_key>\&delete=1\&submit=Delete+Now\&action=deletepost\&pid=$c --user-agent Firefox\ 3.5 --url http://url/editpost.php?my_post_key=<post_key>\&delete=1\&submit=Delete+Now\&action=dele
2010-07-14 01:50:48
User: mrlockfs

As a user, deletes all your posts from a MyBB board (provided you have the search page listings of all your posts saved into the same directory this command is run from). Full command:

for i in *; do cat $i | grep pid | sed -e 's/;/\ /g' -e 's/#/\ /g' -e 's/pid=/\ /g' | awk -F ' ' '{print $2}' >> posts.txt; done; for c in `cat posts.txt`; do curl --cookie name= --data-urlencode name=my_post_key=\&delete=1\&submit=Delete+Now\&action=deletepost\&pid=$c --user-agent Firefox\ 3.5 --url http://url/editpost.php?my_post_key=\&delete=1\&submit=Delete+Now\&action=deletepost\&pid=$c; sleep 2s; done; echo

for dir in $(find -type d ! -name CVS); do for file in $(find $dir -maxdepth 1 -type f); do rm $file; cvs delete $file; done; done
2010-04-27 16:03:33
User: ubersoldat
Functions: cvs dir file find rm
Tags: bash cvs delete rm

This will search all directories and ignore the CVS ones. Then it will search all files in the resulting directories and act on them.

find . -mtime +10 -delete
2010-04-12 15:05:17
User: rexington
Functions: find

This will find all files under the path "." which are older than 10 days, and delete them. If you wish to use the "rm" command instead, replace "-delete" with "-exec rm [options] {} \;"

shred -u -z -n 17 rubricasegreta.txt
2010-01-31 15:24:54
User: 0disse0
Functions: shred

Instead, install apt-get install secure-delete and you can use:

-- srm to delete file and directory on hard disk

-- smem to delete file in RAM

-- sfill to delete "free space" on hard disk

-- sswap to delete all data from swap

ls -t1 | sed 1d | parallel -X rm
2010-01-28 12:28:18
Functions: ls sed

xargs deals badly with special characters (such as space, ' and "). To see the problem try this:

touch important_file

touch 'not important_file'

ls not* | xargs rm

Parallel https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/parallel/ does not have this problem.

ls -Q * | xargs -p rm
2010-01-27 02:46:49
User: temp_reg
Functions: ls xargs

ls -Q will show the filenames in quotes. xargs -p rm will print all the filenames piped from ls -Q and ask for confirmation before deleting the files.

without the -Q switch, if we have spaces in names, then the files won't be deleted.

find . -type d -empty -delete
for file in <directory A>/*; do rm <directory B>/`basename $file`; done
2009-05-04 12:44:50
User: jamiebullock
Functions: file rm
Tags: delete rm

This command is useful if you accidentally untar or unzip an archive in a directory and you want to automatically remove the files. Just untar the files again in a subdirectory and then run the above command e.g.

for file in ~/Desktop/temp/*; do rm ~/Desktop/`basename $file`; done
find ./ -mtime -5 | xargs rm -f
find /dir_name -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \
2009-03-08 12:03:44
User: eleffie
Functions: find rm
Tags: delete

This command will delete files i a given path (/dir_name) , which older than given time in days (-mtime +5 will delete files older than five days.