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Delete all files found in directory A from directory B

Terminal - Delete all files found in directory A from directory B
for file in <directory A>/*; do rm <directory B>/`basename $file`; done
2009-05-04 12:44:50
User: jamiebullock
Functions: file rm
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Delete all files found in directory A from directory B

This command is useful if you accidentally untar or unzip an archive in a directory and you want to automatically remove the files. Just untar the files again in a subdirectory and then run the above command e.g.

for file in ~/Desktop/temp/*; do rm ~/Desktop/`basename $file`; done

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cd ~/Desktop/temp find * -type f -exec rm ~/Desktop/temp/{} \;
Comment by SlimG 290 weeks and 4 days ago

@SlimG I think you meant the cd to be 'cd ~/Desktop' so in one line it would be:

find directoryA -type f -exec rm directoryB/{} \;

@jamiebullock many times you can replace a bash for loop that does a single action on some set of files with a single find command. Find lets you be very specific about the files you are searching for way beyond common shell "globbing" such as ls *.png, and then specify actions to be taken on each matching file, such as deletion, or running an arbitrary command with each match as the argument. See 'man find' for more.

Comment by bwoodacre 290 weeks and 3 days ago
tar tzf archive.tar.gz | xargs rm
Comment by log0 290 weeks and 3 days ago

@SlimG @bwoodacre Yes i'm also a big fan of find, but I periodically forget to use it! I agree it's cleaner than the for loop.

@log0 That's *very* nice

Comment by jamiebullock 290 weeks and 2 days ago

@log0 bet me to it but

ls dirA | xargs -I file rm dirB/file

Comment by Newky 128 weeks and 2 days ago

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