How can I delete nay file that has a number in its name from directory /www/ and up? Like, it would delete





Would this work?

ls | grep \([1-9]\) -f | xargs rm

I haven't tested it yet, don't want to mess up anything.

  • I suggest you create a test folder and chuck some test files into the folder.
    – miltonb
    Apr 1, 2014 at 0:39
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    this question belongs on Unix.SE
    – warren
    Apr 3, 2014 at 16:26

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I would use find. Something like:

find /www/ -name "*[0-9]*" -type f -exec rm {} \;

This will find all the files only (-type f) in /www with at least one number in the filename and execute rm FILE on it.

Out of safety try it first out with echo, such as:

find /www/ -name "*[0-9]*" -type f -exec echo {} \;

  • Stars are needed around the [0-9] as in *[0-9]* Apr 1, 2014 at 9:46
  • Absolutely! I'm sorry the stars were there but they weren't escaped with the slash so they weren't displayed correctly :( I'm sorry, now i corrected.
    – fede.evol
    Apr 1, 2014 at 14:17

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