Delete all files from a locate output

locate munin | xargs rm -r

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By: strzel_a
2011-03-14 11:47:00

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    locate -S
    atoponce · 2010-06-25 14:39:49 0

What Others Think

rm -rf `locate text-string` This entry is bad as it catches people looking for Munin help.
GlenSearle · 200 weeks and 5 days ago

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