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

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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? [duplicate]

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 ...
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restore /dev after `rm`ing it

during a gentoo install from the livedvd, there's one step to create a dev dir to be used later in the chroot of the target for the instalation it's done like that mount --rbind /dev /mnt/gentoo/dev ...
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`alias rm=“rm -i”` considered harmful?

I have read some time ago (can't find the reference) that using such an alias as alias rm="rm -i" was very bad. Is there historical evidence or common sense explanation for that fact? I would ...
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Best practices to alias the rm command and make it safer

Some time ago I erroneously deleted my home folder because I ran a rm -rf * on the wrong terminal, whose working directory was the home folder! I wish I had an alias for the rm command, but it was ...
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Does rm -f follow symbolic links?

I have a directory like this: $ ls -l total 899166 drwxr-xr-x 12 me scicomp 324 Jan 24 13:47 data -rw-r--r-- 1 me scicomp 84188 Jan 24 13:47 lod-thin-1.000000-0.010000-0.030000.rda ...
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Can't delete some symbolic links on HFS volume (Mac OS X 10.7.2)

I can't seem to delete a pile of files; what all these files have in common is as follows: They're all symbolic links, or otherwise parenting directories They're all owned by an unmapped user and ...
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Where do files and directories go when I run 'rm -rf folder_or_file_name' in Ubuntu 10.04?

When I delete folders or files in the Nautilus GUI, those folders/files go to Trash but where do folders/files go when I run rm -rf folder_or_file_name in terminal in Ubuntu 10.04?
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How can I block execution of rm -rf * in a Linux shell?

I have a habit of typing rm -rf * every time I'm in some kind of sleep mode. It seems that my subconscious wants me to delete everything I code at the end of the day. Is there a way to block this ...
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How to delete a file after processing

I am using mp3splt to split all the .mp3 files under a directory, including subdirectories, into 30 minute slices. find -name *.mp3 -print0 | xargs -0 mp3splt -t 30.00 -o @f_@m@s What is the best ...
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How to remove files that start with 2011XXXX

I have a bunch of files i need to delete, they all start with 2011XXXX. How would i delete them. So far i have this command: ls | grep 2011 | xargs rm And it works, but is there a better way to ...
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How can I remove a directory with rm - rf?

I try to remove a folder with rm -rf foldername … but it says rm: cannot remove folder :is a directory. What's wrong?
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How do I remove TextMate's temporary files using rm?

Note that I'm not trying to disable the creation of these files. I want to keep them around until I'm ready to commit changes to my source control. The files are scattered throughout many ...
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Remove all except one file and directory at path

I need to remove all the files in a directory except for one file and one folder. Up to the grep I can output the correct list of items I want to remove but when i add xags, nothing is deleted. this ...
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Why is the dreadful 'rm -rf /' even allowed? [closed]

We all know the destructive power of the following command executed as root: rm -rf / Related questions: How far will you get with a 'rm -rf /' deleting everything: # rm -rf / I fail to ...
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Getting rid of a file called “-d” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How do I delete a file named "-p" from bash? How to delete file with this name on linux: -]???????q Removing "-rf" file in Unix I've ...
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Linux – cannot remove owned file with 777 permissions

I've couple of files that I cannot remove using rf -Rf command. I'm the owner of those file and the group assigned to those files is also a group my user is in. What's even weirder is that I can edit ...
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(Probably) trivial question about rmdir

I hope this isn't too trivial, but for some reason I can't get a simple command to execute. I'm writing a file manipulation script and I have several directories called test, test2, etc each ...
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I deleted a C file from my system using rm-rf [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to recover a removed file under linux Undo an “rm -rf ~” command? I deleted a newly created C file from my system. My assumption was that I did a svn ...
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Safe substitute for OS X `rm`?

I am used to having rm to alias something safer. I have been using osx-trash, but once I upgrade to Ruby 1.9.2, this stops working. I know about trash-cli from Python, but I would much prefer ...
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How far will you get with an 'rm -rf /' command?

I've often wondered how far the system will actually get if you run rm -rf /. I doubt the OS would be able to erase itself (?) Bonus Question: After the command has been executed, will rm have ...
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Help. I ran “find / -mtime +1 -exec rm {} \;” by accident!

I'm very very tired, worked all night long, and I did't sleep for hours... So I'm like a zombie now... half awake, and half asleep. I was trying to clear a directory. Then I run the command cd to ...
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When does rm remove open files?

Particularly, I want to know what happens when I rm an open file and don't explicitly kill the process holding the file descriptor to that file. Will the file be removed when the system is shut down?
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Undo an “rm -rf ~” command?

I had a folder I didn't want named '~', so from the command line I typed rm -rf ~ and accidentally deleted my home folder (since ~ resolved to /home/username). Is there any way back or do I ...
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Remove files that don't end on “.py” using rm [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove all files but one with rm This is a very simple question and i dont know whether a solution exists or not. I have some files in a directory, assume i have .py ...
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How to restore /lib/libc.so.6?

I occasionally deleted my /lib/libc.so.6. By using LD_PRELOAD I successfully made a link of my /lib/libc-2.12.1.so file in my home folder and now most of the command works (cp, ln, etc...). But I ...
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How to delete all but one file in Unix? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to delete all files in a directory except some? How to delete all but one(or some) file in Unix? Something like rm -rf -ignore myfile.txt *
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Saying 'yes to all' using rm -i

Say I wanted to make sure I'm removing the right files first, so I did something like: rm -i * just to make sure that I'm okay with the files that I am removing. So this will ask me for each file. ...
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How to remove file (which has white space in name) from Unix?

How to remove file (which has white space in name) from Unix?
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Mac — remove all files with a certain extension from a directory tree [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Delete files recursively matching a name on the command line (OS X) I want to remove all files with extension .orig from my tree. The tree is deep. Is there an easy ...
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ls | grep | rm — How to format this command?

I'm trying to delete a bunch of files in a certain directory (on Mac OS X using Terminal) ls | grep \([1-9]\) | xargs rm should do the trick, but it doesn't. I'm trying to delete any file with a ...
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Remove files which have a certain syntax

I have a couple of files which follow this syntax: *_yyyy-mm-dd_hhhmmm.* Example: *_2010-01-01_00h10m.* *_2010-01-01_01h10m.* *_2010-01-01_02h10m.* *_2010-01-01_03h10m.* ... ...
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Delete all files older than X days

So I have a cron setup to make backups of a folder into a tarball every hour. I would like to add into the shell script that I'm using the ability to have files deleted automagically after about three ...
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Remove everything except? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove all files but one with rm In unix, to remove zip files in a directory one can simply type rm *.zip How can one remove everything except zip files?
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rm'd dirs in Users/home/ reappear in OSX [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Stop Mac OS from re-creating ~/Pictures, ~/Music, or ~/Public Hi, I su'd to root and deleted some stock directories in my home folder such as Documents, Music, Pictures ...
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Remove all files except for a few, from a folder in Unix [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to delete all files in a directory except some? I often face this problem. I have a set of files in a folder and would like to delete all of them except a few. For ...
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How to delete file with this name on linux: -]???????q

Somehow a file named -]???????q got created on my terminal. I tried rm -f "-]???????q" (in double quotes), but it did not get deleted. (Error:: rm: invalid option -- ]). How do I delete it?
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Remove all files but one with rm

Is there any way to remove all of the files in a directory except for one with a certain filename? For instance, if I had a directory containing the files file1, file2, and dontdelete. Would there be ...
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Can I list file names (or their parent directories) that were recently deleted using rm in OS X?

Is it possible to find out which files and directories have recently been deleted by rm in OS X? Or failing that, is it possible to find which parent directories have had files or directories within ...
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How to use “rm” to remove files with a “:” in them?

I am using Ubuntu 10.04, and I have a directory with a bunch of files. We changed the naming scheme of the files a while ago, and now I want to delete all the old ones. New Name scheme: ...