a trash function for bash

trash <file>
Every rm'ed a file you needed? Of course you haven't. But I have. I got sick of it so I created a bash function. Here it is. It'll put trashed files into a $HOME/.Trash/"date" folder according to the date. I have rm aliased to it as well in my bashrc so that I still use the rm command. It'll choke if you attempt to trash a directory if that directory name is already in the Trash. This rarely happens in my case but it's easy enough to add another test and to mv the old dir if necessary. function trash(){ if [ -z "$*" ] ; then echo "Usage: trash filename" else DATE=$( date +%F ) [ -d "${HOME}/.Trash/${DATE}" ] || mkdir -p ${HOME}/.Trash/${DATE} for FILE in $@ ; do mv "${FILE}" "${HOME}/.Trash/${DATE}" echo "${FILE} trashed!" done fi }
Sample Output
$ trash file1 file2 file3
file1 trashed!
file2 trashed!
file3 trashed!

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2009-11-25 16:45:15

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What Others Think

wouldn't ever use it personally, but I can see how it would be helpful to certain other folks who require the utility this provides.
linuxrawkstar · 443 weeks and 3 days ago
can this be merged with nautilus' trash folder?
alperyilmaz · 443 weeks and 3 days ago
@alperyilmaz i don't know. not sure if Nautilus adds metadata when you use Nautilus to trash something. I don't use a DE or X ( I ssh into a server to perform chemistry research ) so there's no way for me to test that.
thebillywayne · 443 weeks and 3 days ago
I often use this instead of rm: mv $DELME /tmp If you have enough disk, it will be deleted in due time.
susannakaukinen · 443 weeks and 3 days ago
There are many analogs of this command, like a app-misc/perltrash in Gentoo or trash-cli in Debian
kapsh · 443 weeks and 2 days ago
You should quote your variables in case you want to trash a file that has spaces in its name. Also, the "usage" message could be a little more informative.
dennisw · 442 weeks and 3 days ago
@dennisw: for some reason commandlinefu chopping off when it orginially read "Usage: trash ". also, I don't think $@ can be put in quotations because then $@ will be seen as only one argument. best practice is simply not to use whitespace in filenames; it leads to too much drama.
thebillywayne · 442 weeks and 3 days ago
dangit! it did it again! putting stuff in brackets must be seen as html or something, because it keeps on getting erased.
thebillywayne · 442 weeks and 3 days ago

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