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How can rm -rf be slower than delete in nautilus?

I had this very surprising situation recently, while trying to delete folders containing many files (think code repo checkout with some 10 thousands files): When I tried to do this via command line ...
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Prevent permanent deletion of files in Windows XP

First, I'm running Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3. Is there any way to disable the permanent delete? Normally, deleted files go to the Recycle Bin. Can I disable the bypass-recycle-bin-delete ...
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How to delete files owned by other users windows 7? [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive that I used to install programs on, I have since formatted my c drive and use the external drive as a storage only drive. There are however two remnants left over from ...
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Service Running under Local System account can't delete a file in system32 on windows 7

I have an executable file in my system32 that I want to remove on startup using a service that I have written. The service that's attempting the deletion is running under Local System account. The ...
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Move files to directory instead of recycle bin

I want all deleted files (with DEL-key or context menu > delete) not to be moved to the Recycle Bin but to another directory (like "Deleted Files" for instance), thus changing the default behavior of ...
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Deleted IMAP account/Personal folder… safe to delete *pst files?

I recently deleted IMAP accounts in Outlook 2007 as well as a Personal Folder that was no longer essential. (Just in case I repented of that decision, the Personal Folder was backed up and transferred ...
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ubuntu remove file with full permissions

I created a file in the /tmp/ directory. The file is owned by mysql user and has full permissions, i.e. -rw-rw-rw- 1 mysql mysql 16 Sep 23 12:44 artists.csv Now I want to delete it, but get ...
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Delete all file except some in bash, without cd to the directory?

I need to make a daily cleanup in a download directory. I have saw this question and tested the answer rm !("test 1"|"test 4") It work great, but require to have cd to the directory before. Since ...
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Need to delete a file I accidentally labeled in quotes in Linux [duplicate]

I have a file which I wrote and not thinking put the actual filename in single quotes like this: 'filename' When I try to remove it using rm -f 'filename' it does not recognize that it is there I ...
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Recursively delete all .exe files with the same name as the containing folder

I want to delete all .exe files in the current folder and all the sub-folders. I read that find . -name "*.exe" -exec rm -f '{}' \; will do, but I want to do the delete only if the container folder ...
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Terminal: Deleting everything except for .nef or .jpgs

I am using Mountain Lion on a Mac. I want to delete all the files in a directory which do NOT end with .psd, .jpg, or .nef using Terminal. How would I do this? Thanks in advance!
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rm -r: exclude certain subdirectories

The problem I have a directory structure, e. g. something like this (here trailing slashes represent folders): ./A ./B/A/A ./B/A/B ./B/B/ ./B/C ./C/ And I need to recursively remove everything ...
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Is there a delete trigger called on deleting an html file?

How is it that when I delete the file, say Stack Overflow.htm, the folder Stack Overflow_files is automatically deleted along with it? And does this user have control over this? Strictly talking for ...
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Does archive size of tar, zip and rar effect the time it takes to delete a file from it?

Does it take a longer time to delete files from a large tar zip and rar archive than a smaller one? I would think that for a file to be deleted from an archive, all the data that exists after the ...
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Deleting *.htm files also deleted *.html files [duplicate]

What is going on here?? Bunch of *.html and *.htm files in my directory, I do a del *.htm and after that the *.html files are also gone: I noticed it happening in Total Commander when I typed the ...
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How to create batch file that delete files by words at the end of file name (using a list of words)?

I have a directory with thousands of html files scattered across several subdirectories. I need to delete all files matching any one of many criteria. All criteria are similar by kind. The file names ...
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Has anyone seen this and how can I remove it?

I have a folder which I'm not able to delete or open. when I check its properties, it seems like I have a drive beneath my folder: C:backup is the name of the folder. Although I have a C drive, ...
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Irregular time-delay while deleting files

I have a very general question. I am running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation release 6.2 (Santiago) in a network where my workstation from time to time needs an annoyingly long period to ...
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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 C:\...
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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 often periodic?

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 don'...
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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 Windows-...
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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 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. ...