Remove all the files except abc in the directory

rm $( ls | egrep -v 'abc|\s' )
Really, you deserve whatever happens if you have a whitespace character in a file name, but this has a small safety net. The truly paranoid will use '-i'.

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By: dbbolton
2010-07-18 10:59:15

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Really you do not deserve whatever happens if ONE OF YOUR USERS have a whitespace character or a ' or a " in a file name. Use GNU Parallel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpaiGYxkSuQ as minimum or xargs -0.
unixmonkey10455 · 408 weeks and 3 days ago

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