Remove empty directories

find . -type d -empty -delete
You can also use, $ find . -depth -type d -exec rmdir {} \; 2>/dev/null

By: hemanth
2009-08-22 09:03:14

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What Others Think

Some finds do not support "-empty"
sharfah · 617 weeks and 4 days ago
which ones?
bwoodacre · 617 weeks and 3 days ago
GNU find 4.2.32 supports both empty and delete flags.
bandie91 · 617 weeks and 2 days ago
Glad you're enjoying our blog. In future, however, it would be nice if you gave some attribution when you're posting our content here on commandlinefu. This one is from
Hal_Pomeranz · 617 weeks and 2 days ago
I think both BSD and GNU find will only delete empty directories when using -delete, so -empty is redundant.
andrew112358 · 617 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

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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