Deal with dot files safely

rm -r .[!.]*

By: RanyAlbeg
2011-03-12 23:53:56

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  • rm -rf .* matches ".." and thus one goes up a level and wipes out more than intended. In bash, .??* safely accomplishes what one intends - remove those .files The ? matches most characters except "/", thus .?? does not match ../ and so one is safe. Show Sample Output

    rm -rf .??*
    greggster · 2011-03-11 07:21:58 5

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    rm -rf .[!.]*
    Natureshadow · 2011-03-11 07:39:42 0

What Others Think

hm. to deal with them *safely* leave out the -f .
joedhon · 589 weeks and 5 days ago
Thank you.
RanyAlbeg · 589 weeks and 5 days ago
rm -r .[^.]*
mehturt · 589 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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