Optimal way of deleting huge numbers of files

find /path/to/dir -type f -delete
Optimal way of deleting huge numbers of files Using -delete is faster than: find /path/to/dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 rm find /path/to/dir -type f -exec rm {} + find /path/to/dir -type f -exec rm \-f {} \;

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By: SlimG
2009-12-09 01:30:52

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What is non-optimal about cd /path/to/dir; rm -rf ./* ? If you don't want --force, leave off the -f.
bwoodacre · 668 weeks and 4 days ago
It's slower
SlimG · 668 weeks and 4 days ago
cd /path/to/dir; rm ./* is the same as: rm /path/to/dir/* and has the same drawback: it will fail with "too many arguments" if there is a very large number of files. ===================== The -delete option to find is non-standard.
cfajohnson · 668 weeks and 4 days ago
The "very large number of files" problem is easily avoided with cd /path/to/dir/.. ; rm -rf dir certainly the shell-expansion thing could be avoided by calling rm like this, but why is find faster? Is it skipping checks that rm does?
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