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Search for all files that begin with . and delete them.

Terminal - Search for all files that begin with . and delete them.
find ~/Desktop/ \( -regex '.*/\..*' \) -print -exec rm -Rf {} \;
2009-06-02 19:45:06
Functions: find rm
Search for all files that begin with . and delete them.


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Noooooooo! Nooooooo! Don't do it!

Among other things, '.*' matches '.' and '..' and EVERY FILE PATH WITH DOT.

Comment by CharlieInCO 392 weeks and 2 days ago

@CharlieInCO The regex is matching anything (file/directory/socket/etc) that has a leading '.' at any depth inside ~/Desktop/. I just tested on my system:

mkdir ~/Desktop/test.directory

does not match. (Ubuntu with bash)

To get anything with a single dot anywhere you just need to drop the forward slash. Sometimes you need to slash and burn and this command is it. :-) Also I think the \( and \) are unnecessary, and the -exec section can replace the trailing \; with + and avoid invoking rm once per match. New version:

find ~/Desktop/ -regex '.*/\..*' -exec rm -RF {} +
Comment by bwoodacre 392 weeks and 2 days ago

whoops, I meant 'rm -Rf' as the original command stated.

Comment by bwoodacre 392 weeks and 2 days ago

Sorry, confusing phrasing. I mean "with DOT as directory." With luck, you have nothing under Desktop that you care about. I got, eg,






But pick another directory, and here are a selection of things it hits






All .svn files


Comment by CharlieInCO 392 weeks and 2 days ago

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