Delete all files in a folder that don't match a certain file extension

rm !(*.foo|*.bar|*.baz)
Deletes all files in a folder that are NOT *.foo, *.bar or *.baz files. Edit the pattern inside the brackets as you like.
Sample Output
Example: rm !(*.tex|*.pdf) deletes all except the tex and pdf files.

2010-04-13 15:13:54

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Note: This is a feature of bash, not rm, and it only works if you've enabled 'extglob' (Extended Pattern Matching): shopt -s extglob
flatcap · 606 weeks and 4 days ago
why i just get the message: "bash: !: event not found" on Ubuntu?
ohuhu · 521 weeks and 3 days ago
I get the answer just above! I do think this is a nice command
ohuhu · 521 weeks and 3 days ago

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