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Takes all file except file between !()

Terminal - Takes all file except file between !()
rm !(file_to_keep_undeleted)
2010-12-15 13:31:06
User: strzel_a
Functions: rm
6
Takes all file except file between !()

Go to tmp :

cd /tmp; mkdir retmp; cd retmp

Create 10 files :

for i in {1..10}; do touch test$i; done

Remove all files except test10 :

rm !(test10)

Alternatives

There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
rm !(*.foo|*.bar|*.baz)
2010-04-13 15:13:54
User: hutch
Functions: rm
72

Deletes all files in a folder that are NOT *.foo, *.bar or *.baz files. Edit the pattern inside the brackets as you like.

rm -f !(survivior.txt)
find . ! -name <FILENAME> -delete
2010-01-13 23:29:51
User: haplo
Functions: find
Tags: files rm
8

it will remove everything except the file names matching you can use also use wildcards

( shopt -s extglob; rm !(<PATTERN>) )
2010-01-13 16:43:15
User: sputnick
Functions: rm
Tags: files rm glob shopt
7

Remove everything except that file with shell tricks inside a subshell to avoid changes in the environment.

help shopt
find . -type f ! -name "*.foo" -name "*.bar" -delete
2010-10-07 20:17:38
User: sh1mmer
Functions: find
0

This command is recursive and will delete in all directories in ".". It will find and delete all files not specified with ! -name "pattern". In this case it's file extensions. -type f means it will only find files and not directories. Finally the -delete flag ask find to delete what it matches. You can test the command by running it first without delete and it will list the files it will delete when you run it.

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