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Remove all the files except abc in the directory

Terminal - Remove all the files except abc in the directory
find * ! -name abc | xargs rm
2010-07-18 08:53:18
User: eth2net
Functions: find xargs
-1
Remove all the files except abc in the directory

Alternatives

There are 6 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find * -maxdepth 1 -type f ! -name abc -delete
2010-07-19 00:29:59
User: DaveQB
Functions: find
5

Finds all files in the current directory and deletes them besides file called "abc"

rm ^'name with spaces'
2010-08-21 02:24:17
User: dbbolton
Functions: rm
Tags: rm zsh glob
1

This is for zsh with extended globbing.

find * ! -name abc -delete
find * ! -name abc -type f -delete
rm *[!abc]
2011-01-25 19:41:41
User: Vilemirth
Functions: rm
Tags: grep rm
0

Bash method to remove all files but "abc".

It would be 'rm *~abc' in Zsh.

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What others think

If are doing this "..in the directory" then we should limit to the Current Working Directory only

find * -maxdepth 1 -type f ! -name abc -delete
Comment by DaveQB 226 weeks and 4 days ago

The use of xargs may be dangerous. See here why http://is.gd/dKOSt Consider using GNU Parallel instead http://is.gd/dKPxK

Comment by unixmonkey10455 225 weeks and 1 day ago

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