delete a file and links based on inode number.

ls -ai | grep filename | find . -inum `awk '{print $1}'` -exec rm {} \;
This command, when run from the directory containing "filename", will remove the file and any hard or symbolic links to the file.

By: YogiBare
2011-02-04 10:29:54

What Others Think

I think we can shorten that a bit... ls will get you the inode number, but a tidier way is to use stat. stat -c %i filename the gnu version of find has a delete option: find ... -delete put together we have: find . -inum $(stat -c %i FILENAME) -delete One safety concern though. The inode number is only unique on a single device/disk To prevent any accidental deletions use -xdev to limit find to the same device/disk. find . -xdev -inum $(stat -c %i FILENAME) -delete
flatcap · 541 weeks and 2 days ago
find . will will only work for hard/symlinks below the current directory. If you want whole disk you need to do find / instead.
TheMightyBuzzard · 541 weeks and 2 days ago

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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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