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Remove all hidden files in a directory

Terminal - Remove all hidden files in a directory
rm -r .??*
2009-04-05 09:19:26
Functions: rm
Remove all hidden files in a directory

Remove all hidden files in a directory excluding current dir . and parent dir .. with .??* that means files with at least two characters.


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That won't get rid of a file called .a

rm .??* .[^.]

The extra argument will, above, will do the job

Comment by flatcap 372 weeks and 2 days ago

In bash, 'rm .*' works just as well, it'll just complain that it can't delete '.' and '..'. Even 'rm -Rf .*', when run as root won't delete those directories.

Comment by leper421 372 weeks ago

maybe for rm, but this trick is valuable as I made a mistake using 'chown nobody ./.*'

Comment by tomdesinto 366 weeks and 3 days ago

Why to write all these commands? Simply use [url=http://www.showhiddenfilesmac.com]view hidden files mac[/url] to find hidden files.

Comment by bentleyshirley 90 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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