Delete tens of thousans of files at one go

rm -rf `ls | head -5000`
Deletes thousands of files at one go, I'm not able to recall the exact # of files that rm can delete at one go(apprx. around 7000.)

By: rockon
2009-02-25 22:52:23

What Others Think

Well, I do not think rm has some limitation on the number of files it can handle. What has a limitation, however, is the length of the command-line you can use, which is 4M for bash, if I remember well. The real trick here is to use xargs: ls | xargs rm, and you myriad of files is going to go apparently in one shot.
pruneau · 597 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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