Remove everything except that file

ls | egrep -v "[REGULAR EXPRESSION]" | xargs rm -v
This is a slight variation of an existing submission, but uses regular expression to look for files instead. This makes it vastly more versatile, and one can easily verify the files to be kept by running ls | egrep "[REGULAR EXPRESSION]"

By: Saxphile
2010-04-01 02:40:40

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In zsh, this is easy: rm ^filename the caret indicates logical negation. That is my second favorite feature of zsh. The first is the ability to share history between running shell instances, and not have them clobber each other when exiting. (I'm pretty sure bash doesn't do this.)
bwoodacre · 634 weeks and 2 days 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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