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Remove all .svn folders inside a folder

Terminal - Remove all .svn folders inside a folder
find . -name "\.svn" -exec rm -rf {} ";"
2009-05-14 12:02:25
User: caiosba
Functions: find rm
Remove all .svn folders inside a folder


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Looking for files called .svn? ;-)

find . -name "*\.svn" -exec rm -rf {} ";" might be better.

Much better would be:

find . -name "*\.svn" -exec echo {} +

Why? Performance!

for n in `seq 1 1 1000`; do touch $n.svn; done time find . -name "*\.svn" -exec echo {} \; 1>/dev/null

real 0m2.629s

user 0m0.970s

sys 0m1.655s

time find . -name "*\.svn" -exec echo {} + 1>/dev/null

real 0m0.020s

user 0m0.012s

sys 0m0.007s

Comment by OJM 310 weeks and 3 days ago

What's with

find . -name ".svn" -type d | xargs rm -rf

-> -type d tells find to only find dirs

-> xargs starts onyl one rm subprocess and not one rm subprocess for each found dir like find's exec option does. So it is much more efficient.

Comment by Marco 310 weeks and 2 days ago

Also... If you're using find to remove directories, use the -depth option (search deep first).

find . -depth -type d -name .svn -exec rm {} \;

This will prevent errors from find trying to descend into directories that it's just deleted.

Comment by flatcap 310 weeks and 2 days ago

@OJM: the directories are called ".svn", it's not a file extension but a hidden directory.

Agreed on the + vs "\;" suggestion

Comment by karel1980 298 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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