find and delete empty directories recursively

find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir -v {} +
this will show the names of the deleted directories, and will delete directories that only no files, only empty directories.

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By: syssyphus
2009-08-05 13:48:13

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what about the -delete option? Even though the manpage says that -delete "Deletes files" the option does indeed delete directories, using find 4.2.32. Then you would have: find . -depth -type d -empty -delete
bwoodacre · 476 weeks and 2 days ago
that's pretty cool, but you should have submitted it as an alternative, because now i am going to and then i will be +1 internets. POW
syssyphus · 470 weeks and 4 days ago

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