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Batch Scripting - How to delete a subfolder (files/folders) over several directories

I need a batch file to traverse a directory structure that looks like this C:\CruiseControl\ProjectArtifacts\ProjectName1\Logs C:\CruiseControl\ProjectArtifacts\ProjectName1\Src ...
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Unix command for finding and deleting folders with folder names in date format

I have folder names in the below date format 20130801 20130802 20130803 20130804 20130805 20130806 20130807 20130808 . . . 20130819 Similarly ,I have folders created from past two years for each ...
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Deleting the duplicate files made from iTunes - consolidate feature

I selected the iTunes folder library as [home folder]/Music Having music files in the same folder ([home folder]/Music) I select File -> Organize Library -> Consolidate Files. Which created doubled ...
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Need a script to delete all temp files beginning with ~$

A recent scan on our file server for temp files with ~$ appended to the start of the name produced nearly 1,000 results. These files' "Last Modified" dates go back to 2003 (so they are generally all ...
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How can I mass delete all the files in a directory that contain only one line?

I used a data recovery program to recover a bunch of overwritten text and the stuff that I want (previous versions of the overwritten files) is hidden amongst thousands of .txt, .json, .h and .html ...
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Why is deletion speed in Windows periodic often?

Just out of interest, what is the reason for deletion times to be periodic often? In Windows 8, the deletion dialogue window shows deletion speed in a diagram. If there is no reason, of course that ...
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How to delete files carved by Scalpel?

Scalpel is a Linux utility which is traditionally used to recover files on the basis of file signatures, that is in a manner that is unaware of the file system. Can we also use it for doing the ...
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Can't delete folder due to incorrect syntax / name [duplicate]

Somehow I have a folder called "http:" on my computer, I can't delete or access or rename it. When I try to delete I get the message "The file name you specified is not valid or too long, specify a ...
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“Invalid MS-DOS function” error message when deleting a file

I'm trying to delete files on Windows 8 and I get the following error message: Which translates to "Invalid MS-DOS function". If I try to SHIFT+DEL a file to skip the Recycle Bin it looks like the ...
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Deleting old account on Windows XP after reinstall

I recently had to reinstall Windows XP due to some kind of corruption. As I didn't wipe the hard drive first, the old user accounts containing my documents are still present. I want to get rid of ...
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Why is deleting files to recycle bin so much slower than when using Shift+Del with Total Commander?

When deleting a large directory with Shift+Del (no Recycle Bin), it happens an order of magnitude faster. Why is deleting to Recycle Bin so much slower on Windows? I'm on Windows 7. Edit: Just ...
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Fast way to delete many, many files?

My impression is that a subfolder of the Temporary Internet Folder has become really, really bloated. (Hard for me to say how bloated; the usual user-level tools for calculating disk usage don't stop ...
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Does interrupting rm command with keyboard delete any file?

I'm running Fedora 13 (Goddard) and when I was recursively removing a directory I noticed I had some files there I couldn't lose, so I interrupted the process with ctrl+c. Now I don't know if I lost ...
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Remove one OS X installation from OS X dual boot

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Air 11" with a 128GB SSD. On it have two installs of OS X. One of Mountain Lion (10.8) and one of Mavericks (10.9). I want to remove the Mountain Lion install so I can use ...
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Is there a way to permanently delete Exchange/Outlook email while away?

Like many, I'm locked into using Exchange server emails for work via Outlook on Windows XP at my work place. In my case there is absolutely no opportunity to use a different client at all ever. Is ...
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Windows cannot find 'delete'

When I try to run this command in my Windows Vista Tablet PC delete "c:\Users\RandyFujitsu\Music\Podcasts\Morning Edition\*.mp3", I get this error: Windows cannot find 'delete'
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cmd+backspace = delete word on OSX

How can I make OSX backward delete one word by pressing cmd+backspace? Currently it deletes the whole line. Alt+Backspace works, but I want it to be cmd+backspace, like in Windows. I tried Spark ...
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Wipe free space on LVM-LUKS (dm-crypt) Volume

My three partitions for my system are created with LVM on a LUKS partition (dm-crypt). These are /home, / and swap. The filesystem is ext4. They are encrypted, because they are on my laptop and I ...
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How to disable 'delete files' confirmation?

Is there a way to disable the Windows confirmation prompt when deleting files to the recycle bin? I do want the prompt to remain when Shift-deleting (i.e. not to the recycle bin). [I'm using ...
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How do I delete a file securely so that it cannot be recovered by any recovery software? [duplicate]

How do I prevent someone from recovering files on a hard disk - if i delete one file in a hard disk directory it must not able to recoverable by any recovery software. I need some simple technique to ...
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Cannot delete file in windows 7. It sits on showing “discovering items”

I have two files in Videos Library. Both files are over 4.0GB in size. I cannot delete them. Whenever I try to delete, the dialogue box with discovering items shows up and keeps showing the same until ...
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vim : delete from cursor to _

in some case I have name of variables with a _ like hello_world. in vim, in normal mode, with dw, I can delete from cursor position to end of word. How I can delete from current cursor position to - ...
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Unable to delete a file [duplicate]

I have a program that I can't uninstall. I get the following error: There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. ...
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Can't delete Foxit Reader directory, not even as Administrator, on Windows 8

I tried to upgrade Foxit Reader and it left the directory in an unreadable state. I can't view the directory, nor even delete it, not even as Administrator. How do I get rid of it so I can re-install? ...
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remove duplicates command prompt on mac

I have looked for various free software to remove duplicate on my mac but could not find a good one. I have finally settled on command prompt to delete duplicate files but I can't get it to work ...
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How to remove duplicated images automatically? [duplicate]

My photos folder contains lots of dupblicated photos. How can I get rid of duplicated copies?
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How to remove virtualbox VM with snapshots?

I have a VM with many snapshots. I don't need this machine anymore, and I need disk space. Snapshots eat a significant amount of disk space. But when I try to delete it by VirtualBox means - there is ...
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Quickest way to merge snapshots in VirtualBox?

I have vdi with quite a number of snapshots taken from it - say, 50 or 70 snapshots. I want to have one plain vdi with a current state. These snapshots take way too much disk space and are not needed ...
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How can the recycle bin hold multiple files with the same name? [duplicate]

Under Windows if I create a file and delete it, than recreate the exact copy of the file in the same place and delete it too, than I will have 2 identical files in the recycle bin with the same name. ...
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Removing a file named '…' in Windows 8

Completely by accident, I created a file named ... using Grunt.js for Node in Windows 8. Is it possible to remove this file without having to reformat the partition?
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Can't delete file with foreign letters

I have a file: På hjul.mkv When trying to move or delete file I get rm: can't remove 'På Hjul.mkv': No such file or directory The same thing happens when trying to issue $ rm *P* or the like: ...
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Permanently delete using delete key - Linux

How can I set the Delete key to do the same thing as Shift + Delete: permanently delete files, rather than sending them to the trash can? I'm using Linux Mint 14, a Debian distro, with the Cinnamon ...
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Delete a directory off the server

I am trying to delete a folder on my server (Windows Server 2003), but the folder has a file in it that I cannot manage to delete. I used command del /f desktop.ini and get an access denied response. ...
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RSync move files to a different directory if they were deleted on the server

So right now I use rsync to synchronize files with a server. Sometimes the files on the server are deleted (I know about the --delete option and I do not use it) and those files are left in my local ...
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OS X: Delete single folder of Time Machine Backup via Terminal

I know there is tmutil delete to delete single timemachine snapshots from a backup of another machine — but now I need to delete only one of the folders inside the backup. On my old (and now dead) ...
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If I image a hard drive, wipe it clean, and then restore it, are deleted files really gone?

Assuming I want to make sure all traces of deleted files are gone from a system, but don't want to do a clean install or lose the current system configuration, will restoring an image of a hard drive ...
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deleted Win7 files do not show up in recycle bin

On Windows 7, I do not see files that I delete from the local computer in the Recycle bin. The problem occurs all the time in an otherwise healthy computer. The funny part is that if I have the RECBIN ...
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Can't delete WMA file on my desktop on Windows 8, crashes Windows Explorer

I have a WMA file on my desktop that is being stubborn. If I try to delete it, nothing happens. No prompts, no messages, no nothing. If I try to rename it, Windows Explorer crashes and restarts. I ...
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How to remove all autocomplete urls with a certain url in Chrome

I am converting my localhost:8888 to localhost and I want to remove all the autocomplete urls that have localhost:8888 in them. I already did this for history but how do I do this for autocomplete? I ...
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Can't delete files with special (and odd) filename characters

I was cleaning up my NAS and found this odd situation. $ pwd /Volumes/Backup/NoteHP/Outras/Ed Motta $ ls -larit total 12932 7786751625 -rwx------ 1 rjdsantos staff 3388293 Feb 2 2005 Ed Motta ...
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Files don't disappear after being deleted unless Explorer window is refreshed? [duplicate]

Seemingly at random, deleting files from Windows Explorer in Windows 7 does not cause the deleted files to disappear unless the window is refreshed. This appears to be a well-known issue according to ...
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Diff between two directories and keep only the unchanged ones

I need to diff two directories: A: /path1/ B: /path2/ The directory A contains all files and subdirectories that are also contained in B. The files in A (and in its subdirectories) can have ...
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Accidentally deleted all Visual Studio 2012 Win32 files. I need advice

So, I have Visual Studio 2012, and I found that there was no windows form application. No problem, I found that I could download the files and follow the instructions, to get the windows form ...
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Batch file to move/compress/delete files

I am trying to write a batch script that will run automatically daily to do the following: Move files older than 2 days to from the main directory (Jason) to an archive directory. Zip files in the ...
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Deleting multiple files in terminal

I am using Python to develop on a particular project. But one thing's disturbing is the .pyc files that crop up. % find `pwd` | grep '.pyc' This returns a list of files in my current directory. How ...
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I am unable to delete a registry key

1-2 years ago I accidentally corrupted a program. I was unable to uninstall it so I delete all of its folders and the registries that I could find. Now I have come upon some registries of that same ...
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Why does this file apparently not exist when attempting to delete it?

A month or so back, I untarred the Linux source in a folder in Cygwin (I was curious as to whether or not it would compile with MinGW 'cause my other computer running Linux is a slow single core ...
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Automatic forward-deleting

First and foremost... please forgive my somewhat approximate English. (I'm French.) Oh and my loooooong sentences too (I need lots of words for little meaning when speaking foreign languages... plus ...
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bash home/end/delete key inserting tilde, or if preceded by escape key, [1~ [3~

bash home/end/delete key inserting tilde, or if preceded by escape key, [1~ say I type echo hellp, move cursor to hel|lp and type delete, and bam, i got ~tilde say I type echo hellp, move cursor to ...
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Linux, How to delete a folder with more than 1 million files?

I'm working on a website for a client, and I just see a folder containing more than 1 million cache files. I need to delete him, but i can't, i have this message : Argument list too long I started ...