Remove all .svn folders inside a folder

find . -name "\.svn" -exec rm -rf {} ";"

By: caiosba
2009-05-14 12:02:25

What Others Think

Looking for files called .svn? ;-) find . -name "*\.svn" -exec rm -rf {} ";" might be better. Much better would be: find . -name "*\.svn" -exec echo {} + Why? Performance! for n in `seq 1 1 1000`; do touch $n.svn; done time find . -name "*\.svn" -exec echo {} \; 1>/dev/null real 0m2.629s user 0m0.970s sys 0m1.655s time find . -name "*\.svn" -exec echo {} + 1>/dev/null real 0m0.020s user 0m0.012s sys 0m0.007s
OJM · 649 weeks and 6 days ago
What's with find . -name ".svn" -type d | xargs rm -rf -> -type d tells find to only find dirs -> xargs starts onyl one rm subprocess and not one rm subprocess for each found dir like find's exec option does. So it is much more efficient.
Marco · 649 weeks and 6 days ago
Also... If you're using find to remove directories, use the -depth option (search deep first). find . -depth -type d -name .svn -exec rm {} \; This will prevent errors from find trying to descend into directories that it's just deleted.
flatcap · 649 weeks and 6 days ago
@OJM: the directories are called ".svn", it's not a file extension but a hidden directory. Agreed on the + vs "\;" suggestion
karel1980 · 638 weeks and 2 days ago

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