Remove all hidden files in a directory

rm -r .??*
Remove all hidden files in a directory excluding current dir . and parent dir .. with .??* that means files with at least two characters.

2009-04-05 09:19:26

What Others Think

That won't get rid of a file called .a rm .??* .[^.] The extra argument will, above, will do the job
flatcap · 667 weeks ago
In bash, 'rm .*' works just as well, it'll just complain that it can't delete '.' and '..'. Even 'rm -Rf .*', when run as root won't delete those directories.
leper421 · 666 weeks and 4 days ago
maybe for rm, but this trick is valuable as I made a mistake using 'chown nobody ./.*'
tomdesinto · 661 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 8 weeks and 1 day ago

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