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Erase empty files

Terminal - Erase empty files
find . -size 0 -exec rm '{}' \;
2009-10-29 14:59:44
User: xrm0
Functions: find rm
Erase empty files


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -size 0 -print0 | xargs -0 rm
2009-10-29 14:10:02
User: osvaldofilho
Functions: find xargs

The command find search commands with size zero and erase them.

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find . -type f -size 0 -exec rm '{}' \;
Comment by pvrmza 352 weeks ago

how about: `find . -type f -size 0 -delete`

Comment by alesplin 352 weeks ago

using -delete will be way faster. With the -exec {} \; option find must spawn one rm process per file to delete, this is a waste of resources and could proceed much faster if you use -delete or -exec {} +, which behaves the same as osvaldofilho's xargs method. With many files the improvement is big.

Comment by bwoodacre 352 weeks ago

is there a difference between

... -exec rm {} \;


... -exec rm '{}' \; ?

what is the benefit of single quotes?

Comment by alperyilmaz 351 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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