I have a directory that has tons of files, and they are named with GUID names.

There are only 3 files in there that I want to keep, and I don't want to move them or anything as the OS might be using them.

How can I delete ALL files in a folder, except for 2 folders and 1 file?

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    Select all, hold Ctrl, unselect those that you want to keep, and delete the rest? Or do you want a command line solution? – slhck Oct 30 '11 at 15:11
  • Ubuntu (or Linux in general) can deal with files that are being moved while they are in use (unless you move them to a different partition). So: mkdir ../tmp ; mv dir1 dir2 file1 ../tmp ; rm * ; mv ../tmp/* . ; rmdir ../tmp. If there are subdirs, make that rm -r *. – ott-- Oct 30 '11 at 16:22
  • this is on a vps server. – user27449 Oct 30 '11 at 16:49

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