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Recursively delete .svn folders

Terminal - Recursively delete .svn folders
find . -name .svn | xargs rm -rf
2009-02-19 02:05:27
User: avi4now
Functions: find rm xargs
Recursively delete .svn folders

Found here: http://xentek.net/xentek/315/recursively-delete-svn-folders/

This is fast and efficient because rm is only run once.


There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

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this isn't even the right command

find . -name .svn |xargs -i rm -rf {}

Comment by nottings 346 weeks and 2 days ago

"Normally xargs places input arguments at the end of command. Used with the -i option, xargs will replace all instances of {} with input arguments. You need to put them in single brackets or use a backslash (\) before each bracket to keep the shell from interpreting the special characters. "

They mean the same thing. No need for -i when you want the subject to appear at the end.

Comment by xentek 346 weeks and 1 day ago

Nottings, that's rubbish. No need for -i

Comment by raz 318 weeks and 2 days ago


The most efficient and secure method of solving this problem is to use the ?-delete? action:

find /var/tmp/stuff -mtime +90 -delete

This alternative is more efficient than any of the ?-exec? or ?-execdir? actions, since it entirely avoids the overhead of forking a new process and using exec to run /bin/rm. It is also normally more efficient than xargs for the same reason. The file deletion is performed from the directory containing the entry to be deleted, so the ?-delete? action has the same security advantages as the ?-execdir? action has.

Comment by plh 304 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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