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Recursively remove all empty directories

Terminal - Recursively remove all empty directories
rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty -p **/*(/^F)
2012-09-18 20:28:46
User: xro
Functions: rmdir
0
Recursively remove all empty directories

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:

rmdir **/*(/^F)

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Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type d -empty -delete
find . -empty -type d -exec rmdir {} +
2009-08-04 16:55:34
User: jsiei97
Functions: find rmdir
14

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.

find . -type d -empty -delete
find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir -v {} +
2009-08-05 13:48:13
User: syssyphus
Functions: find rmdir
Tags: find
7

this will show the names of the deleted directories, and will delete directories that only no files, only empty directories.

perl -MFile::Find -e"finddepth(sub{rmdir},'.')"

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