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delete a file and links based on inode number.

Terminal - delete a file and links based on inode number.
ls -ai | grep filename | find . -inum `awk '{print $1}'` -exec rm {} \;
2011-02-04 10:29:54
User: YogiBare
Functions: find grep ls rm
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delete a file and links based on inode number.

This command, when run from the directory containing "filename", will remove the file and any hard or symbolic links to the file.

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I think we can shorten that a bit...

ls will get you the inode number, but a tidier way is to use stat.

stat -c %i filename

the gnu version of find has a delete option:

find ... -delete

put together we have:

find . -inum $(stat -c %i FILENAME) -delete

One safety concern though. The inode number is only unique on a single device/disk

To prevent any accidental deletions use -xdev to limit find to the same device/disk.

find . -xdev -inum $(stat -c %i FILENAME) -delete
Comment by flatcap 289 weeks and 5 days ago

find . will will only work for hard/symlinks below the current directory. If you want whole disk you need to do find / instead.

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 289 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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