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find and delete empty directories recursively

Terminal - find and delete empty directories recursively
find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir -v {} +
2009-08-05 13:48:13
User: syssyphus
Functions: find rmdir
find and delete empty directories recursively

this will show the names of the deleted directories, and will delete directories that only no files, only empty directories.


There are 7 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type d -empty -delete
find . -empty -type d -exec rmdir {} +
2009-08-04 16:55:34
User: jsiei97
Functions: find rmdir

A quick way to find and delete empty dirs, it starts in the current working directory.

If you do find . -empty -type d you will see what could be removed, or to a test run.

find . -type d -empty -delete
perl -MFile::Find -e"finddepth(sub{rmdir},'.')"
for foo in <list of directories>; do while find $foo -type d -empty 2>/dev/null| grep -q "."; do find $foo -type d -empty -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir; done; done
2012-05-23 08:09:16
Functions: find grep xargs

This will check if there are any empty directories, or newly emptied directories, in a list of directories. It will then delete all of those directories. It works with gnu find and OSX/BSD find.

Know a better way?

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What others think

what about the -delete option? Even though the manpage says that -delete "Deletes files" the option does indeed delete directories, using find 4.2.32. Then you would have:

find . -depth -type d -empty -delete
Comment by bwoodacre 329 weeks and 3 days ago

that's pretty cool, but you should have submitted it as an alternative, because now i am going to and then i will be +1 internets.


Comment by syssyphus 323 weeks and 5 days ago

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