Delete empty directories with zsh

rm -d **/*(/^F)
This command uses the recursive glob and glob qualifiers from zsh. This will remove all the empty directories from the current directory down. The **/* recurses down through all the files and directories The glob qualifiers are added into the parenthesis. The / means only directories. The F means 'full' directories, and the ^ reverses that to mean non-full directories. For more info on these qualifiers see the zsh docs: http://zsh.dotsrc.org/Doc/Release/Expansion.html#SEC87

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By: claytron
2009-08-06 21:41:19

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Nice, and thanks for actually explaining the syntax and providing the link.
bwoodacre · 480 weeks and 2 days ago
I love zsh, mostly because of the cool stuff like this that you can do with it. But I've found that if you have a large directory tree (i.e. one with thousands of files) find is a lot faster than **/*. With find you can do 'find . -type d -delete' to delete empty directories.
andrew112358 · 480 weeks and 2 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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