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remove all dead symbolic links in a directory

Terminal - remove all dead symbolic links in a directory
for i in $(file * | grep broken | cut -d : -f 1); do rm $i; done
2010-11-02 16:10:42
User: Znuff
Functions: cut file grep rm
remove all dead symbolic links in a directory


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find -L /path/to/check -type l -delete
2009-06-06 16:07:04
Functions: find

If you don't want to delete them, but just want to list them, do

find -L /path -type l

If you want to delete them with confirmation first, do

find -L /path -type l -exec rm -i {} +

Using the -L flag follows symlinks, so the -type l test only returns true if the link can't be followed, or is a symlink to another broken symlink.

find . -type l -exec test ! -e {} \; -delete
2012-12-26 06:27:13
User: seb1245
Functions: find test
Tags: find

This command is adapted from http://otomaton.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/find-broken-symbolic-links/

Solutions with

find -L

don't work when the link is a loop, an error message is printed.

rm **/*(-@)
2012-09-18 20:18:57
User: xro
Functions: rm
Tags: rm symlinks zsh

recursively deletes all broken symlinks using zsh globbing syntax.

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What others think

what about spaces in filenames?

Comment by depesz 256 weeks and 6 days ago

Those will fail.

Comment by Znuff 256 weeks and 6 days ago
find -L -type l -delete


symlinks -rd .
Comment by flatcap 256 weeks and 6 days ago

And if i have a file named "broken" ?

Comment by Juluan 256 weeks and 6 days ago

Yeah, this is such a bad way to do this. Not only will it not always work, it's not even close to the easiest. flatcap had two much better suggestions.

Comment by goodevilgenius 256 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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