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Recursively remove .svn directories from the current location

Terminal - Recursively remove .svn directories from the current location
find . -type d -name '.svn' -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rdf
2009-02-05 17:47:03
User: blue64
Functions: find rm xargs
Recursively remove .svn directories from the current location


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Nice use of -print0 and -0 to avoid problems with spaces in filenames.

Comment by grandpa 480 weeks and 6 days ago

I'm new to CLI scripts, but can't you

find -type d -name '.svn' -delete

find also has -exec, where you can execute a command on a returned result.

Comment by jessecooke 479 weeks and 6 days ago

Yup, as jessecookie points out, find's -delete works just fine here:

find -type d -name '.svn' -delete
Comment by fletch 465 weeks and 1 day ago

To get a clean source code tree from a svn directory, I recommend:

svn export
Comment by lyman 465 weeks and 1 day ago

-delete doesn't work for me -- it says the directories aren't empty. The simplest way seems to be

find . -name .svn -exec rm -r {} +
Comment by tremby 424 weeks and 1 day ago

xargs has a buffer for this sort of thing, which makes the command just scream. If you do:

find . -type d -name '.svn' -print0 -exec rm -rdf {} \;

compared to the command above, you'll see just how slow it can go. xargs ftw.

Comment by atoponce 379 weeks and 5 days ago

What does the "d" option to "rm" do? I can't see that option in my man pages.

Comment by abdc 336 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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