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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 way to do that?

I will probably have to do this many times a day, with different trees. So ease is important.

find /path -name '*.orig' -delete
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    I habitually add find's -x flag (find -x /path ...) to keep it from crossing mount points onto other volumes. It's usually irrelevant, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. – Gordon Davisson Feb 3 '11 at 20:48
  • To search in the current folder (including sub folders) find . -name... – Alex Ilyaev Jul 9 '16 at 23:25

I prefer this method (very similar to @grawity) but with the type of file included:

find /path . -name '*.orig' -type f -delete


Can you execute shell commands in bash? This would do the trick:

find /path/to/your/tree | egrep .orig$ | xargs rm

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