Recursively delete .svn folders

find . -name .svn | xargs rm -rf
Found here: This is fast and efficient because rm is only run once.

By: avi4now
2009-02-19 02:05:27

What Others Think

this isn't even the right command find . -name .svn |xargs -i rm -rf {}
nottings · 643 weeks ago
"Normally xargs places input arguments at the end of command. Used with the -i option, xargs will replace all instances of {} with input arguments. You need to put them in single brackets or use a backslash (\) before each bracket to keep the shell from interpreting the special characters. " They mean the same thing. No need for -i when you want the subject to appear at the end.
xentek · 642 weeks and 6 days ago
Nottings, that's rubbish. No need for -i
raz · 615 weeks ago The most efficient and secure method of solving this problem is to use the ?-delete? action: find /var/tmp/stuff -mtime +90 -delete This alternative is more efficient than any of the ?-exec? or ?-execdir? actions, since it entirely avoids the overhead of forking a new process and using exec to run /bin/rm. It is also normally more efficient than xargs for the same reason. The file deletion is performed from the directory containing the entry to be deleted, so the ?-delete? action has the same security advantages as the ?-execdir? action has.
plh · 601 weeks and 1 day ago

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