rm is the Linux Posix command to remove and delete files or directories.

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Avoiding accidental 'rm' disasters

Today, using sudo -s, I wanted to rm -R ./lib/, but I actually rm -R /lib/. I had to reinstall my OS (Mint 15) and re-download and re-configure all my packages. Not fun. How can I avoid similar ...
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Accidentally “rm -rf /” in OS X [closed]

Some background to maybe help others from making this mistake. I was reading jokes from this Stack Overflow page to my friend ...
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rm -r only files?

Is there an way to remove all the files from the current dir (recursively), keeping the directory structure?
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Removing a directory containing a file using find

I'm searching a list of directories for certain files and I want to delete the directory that the file is in. This is what I'm trying: find /converter/storage/unmatched/ -size -4b -name '*.mp3' ...
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Delete directory and subdirectory - Operation not permitted

There is a folder called Trash-1000 and i want to delete it. There are some folders in it which cannot be deleted (do not even know how they were created). Looks like: ...
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I just ran rm /* accidentally, any fix?

I fell so stupid... I just ran rm /* accidentally, but I meant rm ./* on a cloud server with root access. Now, no one command works. ls, ssh, sftp... none. Is there a way to fix that? (Note: params ...
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How can I prevent bash from executing 'rm' when ' * ' is one of the arguments?

I wish to insure myself from accidentally using rm [argument_i] * [argument_j] i.e. it should always refuse to execute the command, when the asterisk character is separated by white space on both ...
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Removing all directories in a given path with unix

I have a directory containing lots of files and lots of empty directories. I want to keep the files but remove the directories. How can I achieve this using rm and other standard unix tools?
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Is it possible to remove the root directory?

I noticed in the documentation for rm as obtained by rm --help the following flag: --no-preserve-root do not treat `/' specially What does this mean? Is it actually possible to delete the root ...
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Is there any rm log with removed files?

Is there any way to check what was recently removed with rm command?
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Does RM corrupt when interrupted?

So I may have kind of accidentally rm -r'd ~. Not to worry, I have backups! I did a quick file listing diff to copy across files that were removed, all is good. But... Does GNU rm corrupt files if I ...
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Undeletable file in RedHat Linux

There is a file under my home area that I cannot delete. When I do an ls -al on the directory, the permissions are ?--------- and there is a ? for user, group, size and date columns. When I attempt to ...
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OS X - DEAAD300 File Can't be seen via Terminal or Deleted

OS X - 10.7.5 I have a file DEAAD300 on a users desktop that I can not delete. EDIT - The file can not be opened either. The icon that shows up looks like an Excel file (The user has Office 2011 ...
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How can I recover from mistaken 'rm *'?

I just typed rm * in the wrong directory by mistake. I had the wrong terminal window highlighted. What are my options?
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A file which is not a dir nor a file

This may look like a weird question, but I just got this output for a file (directory?) in my system. This may be a trivial or well-known error, but for me, this file (directory?) called ...
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rm !(myfile) does not work on OS X?

The command works fine on Linux but on OS X Mountain Lion when I'm doing: rm !(myfile) bash complains: bash: !: event not found Is there any way to do it the same on OS X?
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How to delete all files in a directory except some?

I need to delete all files in a directory, but exclude some of them. For example, in a directory with the files a b c ... z, I need to delete all except for u and p. Is there an easy way to do this?
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How to delete all files & directories in a directory including hidden ones except .htaccess?

As the question suggests, I have a situation where I have a folder that users can upload weird stuff there. Have a cron job set up to clean this folder every a few hours. It has a .htaccess for ...
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How to remove a file with unprintable charaters in Mac OS X Terminal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Removing file with strange characters in filename in OS X I have a folder that has a file who's name is Icons and ends with an additiona unprintable character. I can see ...
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Deleting Certain Extension with Bash (quickly)

I have seen other threads about deleting a certain extension in a directory. However, when I try it, it seems to work but takes a long time to go through directories and say "Permission denied" on ...
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How can I tell whether an interrupted rm -r removed any files?

I installed sshfs a Linux box and then mounted my Mac home directory. In the middle of troubleshooting a configuration issue, I did an ls -l on the mount directory (as normal user), receiving: total ...
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Explaining the -W flag for rm

What does the -W flag for rm do? According to its man page, the flag attempts to "undelete the named files." And currently, "this option can only be used to recover files covered by whiteouts." What ...
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Cleanly Remove MAMP Pro

I'm trying to cleanly remove MAMP Pro from my Mac and I'm following the steps outlined in the SO article http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11855247/mamp-pro-restore-root-user-uninstall. I have been ...
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Deleting a file with question marks in the name (another encoding) in Debian

I have a file with the name like ?????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ??????????.png in my directory. It seems to me that file was created under windows with russian name. I pulled it with ...
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OS X Lion: Emptying the trash takes “forever”: is using rm -r safe?

Emptying my Trash in OS X Lion (non securely) is taking about three hours (about 1.5 million files, from a Time Machine backup). I had to stop the process a few times already, because I could not move ...
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How to recursively remove all .exe files from all the subdirectories of the current directory?

I have a USB containing important files. However it is infiltrated with some unwanted .exe files (probably virsuses) in each subfolder. Since I am on a Linux machine, the exe files won't affect me. ...
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Can files deleted with rm -rf be recovered?

When I delete folders or files in through osx terminal using the rm -rf, where do they go? I heard that some say they are deleted directly, but some also say it only "remove the link to the file ...
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Recover files that were rm [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can files deleted with rm -rf be recovered? How to recover files that are rm -rf? Because, I know they aren't deleted at that point. I am using OSX 10.7, is there an app ...
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Does rm work alphabetically?

I had many files in a folder in which I accidentally ran rm * before interrupting. It looks like files starting with a, b, and c are gone, but I am not sure, as I didn't know the name of all the ...
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removing symbol link with too many levels of symbolic links

I created a link by the command sudo ln -s /etc/Sublime\ Text/ /usr/bin/subl Now I am trying to remove it with sudo rm -r /usr/bin/subl/ But it is telling me rm: cannot remove ...
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What is the point of UNIX's rmdir?

I'm new to UNIX (MAC OS X bourne shell POSIX), I understand rmdir will only remove an empty directory but under what circumstances would you actually want to use rmdir <directory name> and not ...
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Trying to delete directory with “rm -rf”, but get message that it's not empty

I've tried deleting a directory using "rm -rf" and I'm getting the message "Directory not empty": Bens-MacBook-Pro:please benjaminhocking$ ls -lart empty_directory/ total 16 drwxr-xr-x 5 ...
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How to recover deleted file in Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recover a removed file under linux I have run the rm -rf * command mistakenly at the [user]@localhost location. Because of that I lost all the files in my user ...
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How do I boot into Windows after erasing all my files in Linux with rm?

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad with Windows and Backtrack 5 r3 dual boot. My friend typed in rm -fr /* >null on my computer that erased everything. After it was executed I couldn't do anything so I ...
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Deleting a file if it exists or not

Here is a part of my zshrc file. ## Most Frequently used settings # ls alias ls='rm .DS_Store; echo --------------${PWD##*/}--------------; ls -1FGu' alias l='ls -A' I want to delete .DS_Store, ...
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Deleting files doesn't free space

I've got a disk formatted as ext3, which was filled completely. I'm attempting to free up some space on it by deleting files, but it's not working. I can rm the files, and they don't show up in the ...
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Does rm -rf continue on reboot?

I just did a big mistake — I did rm -rf /home/. I can't afford to lose this data so I quickly did a reboot. Then I was trying to roll back some of the damage it had done. But now I am struggling to ...
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How to delete *.vmdk files?

I can't seem to delete *.vmdk files and related on Mac OS X 10.6.8 with sudo rm: $ sudo rm -rf /Volumes/Temp/vm/ rm: /Volumes/Temp/vm//MarukoVM/nvram: Read-only file system rm: ...
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Removing files matching a numeric range regular expression

I have a folder which has many files. Some of the data files are labelled 1, 2, 3, ..., 300 I want to remove these data files using the terminal. How do I do this? I want to do something like rm ...
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How can delete all files except one from a directory?

I need to delete all files, except one (its name is defined), from a given directory. How can I do this from the terminal in OS X? Can I do this with one single command?
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Command to remove all files and folders recursively including, hidden ones, on MAC OS Terminal?

rm -rf * will remove all files and folders but not hidden ones. rm -rf .* will remove all hidden files and folders, but not those that are not hidden, correct? What command should one type, in order ...
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Does rm -rf /* command at cygwin affects Windows systems?

I did frequency mistake that rm -rf /* at cygwin console on Windows 7. After a minute I realized what I typed. So I stopped the command by Ctrl-c. I braced myself for re-installing Windows. But ...
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rm on MINGW32, cannot unlink not owner

Similar to rm on cygwin, cannot unlink not owner, but for MINGW32. I tried chmod u+w path but this did not help. user@computer /d $ rm dir -d rm: cannot unlink `dir': Not owner user@computer /d $ ...
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recursively delete but keep .gitignore file

I've been trying out several methods from SU but I have been unable to do this: I got a folder (example: /var/www/tmp/) which contains several files and directories. I'd like to delete all the files ...
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How to limit CPU and disk usage of rm to allow other programs to remain functional

When deleting a large file, rm seems to be hogging all the available CPU and disk resources so that other program are hanging. Is there a way to limit a programs - specifically a CPU or disk ...
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What command sequence can I use to delete directories but not their files?

How do I delete directories but not the files inside them? I have tried the following: rm -di /Users/arthur/Desktop/MyFolder remove /Users/arthur/Desktop/MyFolder? y rm: ...
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bash script rm cannot delete folder created by php mkdir

I cannot delete folder created by php mkdir for I in `echo $*` do find $I -type f -name "sess_*" -exec rm -f {} \; find $I -type f -name "*.bak" -exec rm -f {} \; find $I -type f -name ...
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Delete files with regular expression

I Tried to delete files that starts with A and ends with 2 numbers but It doesn't do a thing. What I tried: rm ^A*[0..9]2$ Where am I wrong?
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Remove directories from a file with list of directories

I have a list of directories in a text file and each of them need to be deleted. How can I read in that list into the command (rm -r or rmdir)?
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I messed up real bad and accidentally did a rm * on Debian 6 while logged in as root

I accidently did a rm * in the / directory in debian 6 while logged in as root. It didn't remove any of the directories, but I seems to have messed up something. rm: cannot remove `132966': No such ...