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c=blue;convert -size 50x50 xc:$c $c.png; for i in red green yellow; do convert $c.png -background $i -rotate 20 $i.png; rm $c".png"; c=$i; done; mv $i".png" logo.png; display logo.png
2011-08-21 15:59:11
User: Funatiker
Functions: mv rm
Tags: ImageMagick

Deletes unneeded files after every step and allows to use a color other than yellow at the last position.

find . -size 1400c -exec rm {} \;
2011-08-18 15:19:24
User: gef
Functions: find rm

Removes all files in the current folder that are 1400 bytes in size.

find . -name "directory_name" -type d -print0 | xargs -0 -i rm -rf {}
find . -type d -name 'CVS' -exec rm -r {} \;
find . -type d -name 'CVS' | xargs rm -r
rm -R `ls | egrep -v 'dir1|dir2|file1'`
wget http://somesite.com/somestream.pls; cvlc somestream.pls&sleep 5; rm somestream.pls*
2011-08-04 19:24:18
User: tomjrace
Functions: rm wget

I wanted to play a song from the shell and get the shell back, I also dont want to store the file if it is not needed.

edit, not sure if I need to mention it... killall vlc to stop it

rm -- -i
2011-07-26 04:00:32
User: merlinblack
Functions: rm

If you just try rm -i, the file name will be interpreted as a command line switch. Many commands let you use a double hyphen '--' to say 'No more switches, the rest are file names'.

Incidentally having a file named '-i' in a directory where you use rm * will cause rm to act as if you specified '-i' on the command line.

vim -- -v touch -- -t cat -- -c
find . -name .svn -type d | parallel rm -rf
rm !(*.txt)
for i in *.tar.gz; do tar -x -v -z -f $i && rm -v $i; done
for i in "*.txt"; do tar -c -v -z -f $i.tar.gz "$i" && rm -v "$i"; done
function rm { workingdir=$( pwdx $$ | awk '{print $2}' ) /usr/bin/rm $* echo "rm $* issued at $(date) by the user $(who am i| awk '{print $1} ') in the directory ${workingdir}" >> /tmp/rm.out }
2011-06-22 14:47:38
User: soulonfire
Functions: awk echo rm

Sometimes, it is annoying to find your files or directories missing. If you want to log all the rm commands you can put this in /etc/profile.

adobenospy() { for I in ~/.adobe ~/.macromedia ; do ( [ -d $I ] && rm -rf $I ; ln -s -f /dev/null $I ) ; done }
2011-06-08 14:34:52
User: Timothy
Functions: ln rm

A safer way to block adobe and macromedia flash tracking and spyware

git ls-files -z -d | xargs -0 git rm --
rm -rf /bin/laden
for arq in *.png; do size=$(identify $arq | cut -f3 -d" "); [ $size == "280x190" ] || rm $arq ; done
2011-04-22 20:00:05
Functions: cut rm
Tags: ImageMagick

Removes all png files whose geometry is not 280x190 pixels

yt-pl2mp3() {umph -m 50 $1 | cclive -f mp4_720p; IFS=$(echo -en "\n\b"); for track in $(ls | grep mp4 | awk '{print $0}' | sed -e 's/\.mp4//'); do (ffmpeg -i $track.mp4 -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 320 -f mp3 $track.mp3); done; rm -f *.mp4}
2011-03-20 14:43:20
User: sattellite
Functions: awk echo grep ls rm sed

umph is parsing video links from Youtube playlists ( http://code.google.com/p/umph/ )

cclive is downloading videos from Youtube ( http://cclive.sourceforge.net/ )


yt-pl2mp3 7AB74822FE7D03E8
locate munin | xargs rm -r
rm -r .[!.]*
rm -rf .[!.]*
rm -rf .??*
2011-03-11 07:21:58
User: greggster
Functions: rm
Tags: rm dot

rm -rf .* matches ".." and thus one goes up a level and wipes out more than intended.

In bash, .??* safely accomplishes what one intends - remove those .files

The ? matches most characters except "/", thus .?? does not match ../ and so one is safe.

find . -maxdepth 1 -type d | grep -Pv "^.$" | sort -rn --field-separator="-" | sed -n '3,$p' | xargs rm -rf
git filter-branch --index-filter 'git rm --cached --ignore-unmatch FileToRemove' HEAD
mv .git .. && rm -rf * && mv ../.git . && mv .git/* . && rmdir .git && git config --bool core.bare true
2011-02-28 17:58:14
User: dinomite
Functions: mv rm rmdir

If you want to turn a Git repo into the origin that folks can push to, you should make it a bare repository. See: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2199897/git-convert-normal-to-bare-repository