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Just recently I tried out a backup utility, and wanted to back up the local copies I have of some websites on my MacBook (OS X)

Unfortunately, the utility left two files in every directory it backed up: .shadowFileList and .shadowFolderFlagPlist

I have now removed the backup from that directory, but it still left the files and I would very much like to get rid of the dotfiles.

I am not really a command line power user, but know that's the best way to do it. I suspect I would have to pipe the output of find to rm.

How do you do this?

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% find UPMOST_RELEVANT_PATH -name ".shadowFileList" -delete

obviously, do the same for any other filename you want to throw away...

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I need it the other way around. I need to delete all files not of a certain file ending. How? Folders should not be deleted. – Jonny Oct 18 '15 at 17:03
find . ! -name "*.xyz" -delete, see also… – akira Oct 18 '15 at 17:37
I ended up with find . -type f -not -name "*.hpp" -not -name "*.h" -not -name "*.inl" -delete to keep folders. – Jonny Oct 18 '15 at 17:43

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