Delete Empty Directories

find . -type d -exec rmdir {} \;
Deletes empty directories and prints an error if directory is not empty.
Sample Output
rmdir: directory ".": Can't remove current directory or ..
rmdir: directory "./dir2": Directory not empty

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By: sharfah
2009-05-19 08:59:15

What Others Think

Add -depth to prevent find complaining (it will ensure empty trees are deleted, too) and --ignore-fail-on-non-empty to stop rmdir (gnu version) complaining: find . -depth -type d -exec rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty {} \; Of course for efficiency, you can use xargs: find . -depth -type d -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty
flatcap · 487 weeks and 2 days ago
find -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;
syssyphus · 487 weeks and 1 day ago
or even better, (the + at the end acts like xargs) find -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir -v {} +
syssyphus · 487 weeks and 1 day ago

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