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Remove empty directories

Terminal - Remove empty directories
find . -type d -empty -delete
2009-08-22 09:03:14
User: hemanth
Functions: find
Remove empty directories

You can also use, $ find . -depth -type d -exec rmdir {} \; 2>/dev/null


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type d -empty -delete
find . -type d -empty -delete
rmdir **/*(/^F)
2009-08-22 12:31:55
Functions: rmdir
Tags: find zsh rmdir

It only works in zsh

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What others think

Some finds do not support "-empty"

Comment by sharfah 337 weeks ago

which ones?

Comment by bwoodacre 336 weeks and 6 days ago

GNU find 4.2.32 supports both empty and delete flags.

Comment by bandie91 336 weeks and 5 days ago

Glad you're enjoying our blog. In future, however, it would be nice if you gave some attribution when you're posting our content here on commandlinefu. This one is from http://blog.commandlinekungfu.com/2009/06/episode-45-removing-empty-directories.html

Comment by Hal_Pomeranz 336 weeks and 5 days ago

I think both BSD and GNU find will only delete empty directories when using -delete, so -empty is redundant.

Comment by andrew112358 336 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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