Recursively remove .svn directories from the current location

find . -type d -name '.svn' -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rdf

By: blue64
2009-02-05 17:47:03

What Others Think

Nice use of -print0 and -0 to avoid problems with spaces in filenames.
grandpa · 645 weeks and 4 days ago
I'm new to CLI scripts, but can't you find -type d -name '.svn' -delete find also has -exec, where you can execute a command on a returned result.
jessecooke · 644 weeks and 4 days ago
Yup, as jessecookie points out, find's -delete works just fine here: find -type d -name '.svn' -delete
fletch · 629 weeks and 6 days ago
To get a clean source code tree from a svn directory, I recommend: svn export
lyman · 629 weeks and 6 days ago
-delete doesn't work for me -- it says the directories aren't empty. The simplest way seems to be find . -name .svn -exec rm -r {} +
tremby · 588 weeks and 6 days ago
xargs has a buffer for this sort of thing, which makes the command just scream. If you do: find . -type d -name '.svn' -print0 -exec rm -rdf {} \; compared to the command above, you'll see just how slow it can go. xargs ftw.
atoponce · 544 weeks and 3 days ago
What does the "d" option to "rm" do? I can't see that option in my man pages.
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