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Remove all the files except abc in the directory

Terminal - Remove all the files except abc in the directory
rm *[!teste0,teste1,teste2]
2011-01-25 22:00:29
Functions: rm
Remove all the files except abc in the directory

Remove all arquives except the list.

Can't have space between the commas.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

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

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

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

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

help shopt
rm !(file_to_keep_undeleted)
2010-12-15 13:31:06
User: strzel_a
Functions: rm

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)

Know a better way?

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What others think

Wrong. Take a look:

rany:~/Desktop$ ls

rany:~/Desktop$ >test0 >test1 >test2 >footest0 >footest1

rany:~/Desktop$ rm *[!test0,test1]

rany:~/Desktop$ ls

footest0 footest1 test0 test1


That is a wrong glob to use.

Use !(test0|test1|test2) instead.

Comment by RanyAlbeg 243 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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