A trash function for bash

trash-put junkfolder
apt-get install trash-cli Commandline program that allows you put folders or files in the standard KDE/Unity desktop trash.

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By: Sepero
2014-03-09 00:24:09

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  • Every rm'ed a file you needed? Of course you haven't. But I have. I got sick of it so I created a bash function. Here it is. It'll put trashed files into a $HOME/.Trash/"date" folder according to the date. I have rm aliased to it as well in my bashrc so that I still use the rm command. It'll choke if you attempt to trash a directory if that directory name is already in the Trash. This rarely happens in my case but it's easy enough to add another test and to mv the old dir if necessary. function trash(){ if [ -z "$*" ] ; then echo "Usage: trash filename" else DATE=$( date +%F ) [ -d "${HOME}/.Trash/${DATE}" ] || mkdir -p ${HOME}/.Trash/${DATE} for FILE in $@ ; do mv "${FILE}" "${HOME}/.Trash/${DATE}" echo "${FILE} trashed!" done fi } Show Sample Output


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    trash <file>
    thebillywayne · 2009-11-25 16:45:15 8

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This is my version of the trash command. I accidently rm'ed files one or twice in my life which cause a lot of extra work. Movin the files to a trash folder in your home directory is nice, but the folder keeps growing if you don't delete the files manually. I mv the files to /tmp/trash because the /tmp folder is cleaned after the next reboot (my machine runs for weeks). # Don't remove files immediately. Move them to /tmp/trash instead. They will # be kept until the next reboot. # hhanff function del () { if [[ -z "$*" ]] ; then echo "Usage: del FILE_NAME " else # Test if /tmp/trash exists and proceed with deleting files if it # exists. If it does not exist, e.g. after a restart, create the # directory and proceed. if [ -d /tmp/trash ] then echo "/tmp/trash exists. Proceeding." > /dev/null else mkdir /tmp/trash fi # TBD: Do not move every file separately, but # mv all files at once... don't know how... while [ $# -ne 0 ] do # Files will be prescedet with a timestamp. # basetime=$(date "+%FT%T") # basetime=$(date +%s%N) basetime=$(date "+%Y%m%dT%H%M%S") #echo $1 # Make whitespaces underscores TRIMMED_1=`echo "$1" | sed 's/ /_/g'` TRIMMED_2=$(basename $TRIMMED_1) # Move files to /tmp/trash mv "$1" /tmp/trash/"$basetime"-"$TRIMMED_2"; shift done fi } del <file>
hhanff · 223 weeks and 1 day ago

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