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rsync'ing an empty directory over a directory to be deleted recursively is much faster than using rm -rf, for various reasons. Relevant only for directories with really a lot of files.
It starts in the current working directory.
It removes the empty directory and its ancestors (unless the ancestor contains other elements than the empty directory itself).
It will print a failure message for every directory that isn't empty.
This command handles correctly directory names containing single or double quotes, spaces or newlines.
If you do not want only to remove all the ancestors, just use:
find . -empty -type d -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir
Removes all directories on given path, working from right to left, and stops when reaching a non-empty directory
mkdir -p new/directory/path
Shortcut (must be issues as next command immediately after mkdir):
recursively delete empty directories and directories which only contain empty directories using zsh globbing syntax. ** is for recursive globbing. *(/^F) matches all entries that are directories which are not full.
If you only want to delete empty directories and not those directories which contained only empty directories and will be empty afterwards, just leave out the options to 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
Robust means of moving all files up by a directory. Will handle dot files, filenames containing spaces, and filenames with almost any printable characters. Will not handle filenames containing a single-quote (but if you are moving those, it's time to go yell at whoever created them in the first place).
Avoid clobbering files by either overwriting due to name collisions or by assuming the command worked and deleting the target directory.
Remove all empty directories below the current directory. If directories become empty as the results of this, remove those too.
It only works in zsh
this will show the names of the deleted directories, and will delete directories that only no files, only empty directories.
A quick way to find and delete empty dirs, it starts in the current working directory.
If you do find . -empty -type d you will see what could be removed, or to a test run.
Deletes empty directories and prints an error if directory is not empty.