Erase empty files

find . -type f -size 0 -delete
The command find search commands with size zero and erase them.

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By: Skam
2009-10-29 16:51:09

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Keep in mind if you run this from / then you could be deleting socket files, etc. You would want to exclude directories such as /proc /var/run /tmp as this doesn't require confirmation to remove the file be careful with this command!
remcintyre · 447 weeks and 3 days ago
It won't find/delete sockets and directories, because of the "-type f" (only find files).
flatcap · 447 weeks and 3 days ago
flatcap is right. In the manpage for find, -type f means "regular file." To match sockets, you would use -type s.
bwoodacre · 447 weeks and 3 days ago

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