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Find broken symlinks and delete them

Terminal - Find broken symlinks and delete them
rm **/*(-@)
2012-09-18 20:18:57
User: xro
Functions: rm
1
Find broken symlinks and delete them

recursively deletes all broken symlinks using zsh globbing syntax.

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Terminal - Alternatives
find -L /path/to/check -type l -delete
2009-06-06 16:07:04
Functions: find
14

If you don't want to delete them, but just want to list them, do

find -L /path -type l

If you want to delete them with confirmation first, do

find -L /path -type l -exec rm -i {} +

Using the -L flag follows symlinks, so the -type l test only returns true if the link can't be followed, or is a symlink to another broken symlink.

find . -type l -exec test ! -e {} \; -delete
2012-12-26 06:27:13
User: seb1245
Functions: find test
Tags: find
2

This command is adapted from http://otomaton.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/find-broken-symbolic-links/

Solutions with

find -L

don't work when the link is a loop, an error message is printed.

for i in $(file * | grep broken | cut -d : -f 1); do rm $i; done

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