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I want to use rm -rf to remove files/folders inside a folder, but skip or ignore a specific folder.

It has been suggested as duplicated to another quesiton, but that is not the case. The other quesiton ask about skipping files. I want to skip a folder with all the content of that folder.

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    Possible duplicate of How to delete all files in a directory except some? – Steven Nov 11 '15 at 17:59
  • not a duplicate. The other quesitons asks about skipping files. I need to skip a folder with the content of that folder. – Daniel Benedykt Nov 11 '15 at 18:05
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    What did you already try? Did you know that find accepts both -type f for files but also -type d for directories? – Hennes Nov 11 '15 at 18:12
  • so I tried the following: find . ! -name .svn The problem is that it returns the files inside the .svn folder anyway. If I add -type d , then nothing is returned – Daniel Benedykt Nov 11 '15 at 18:36
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It is kind of a duplicate of link in comments... In any case, for a dir:

find . ! \( -type d -and -iname "test" \)

To see whether test dir is skipped or not.

Then:

find . ! \( -type d -and -iname "test" \) -delete

Simply find . ! -iname "test" for both file and dir.

  • Not working for me. If I have a folder "test" and inside a "file.test", it still returns the "file.test" in the list. – Daniel Benedykt Nov 11 '15 at 18:54
  • Please re-read and retry. – SΛLVΘ Nov 11 '15 at 19:22
  • Ok, back to this. If you want to skip "file.test" you can't use "test". Try find . ! -iname "*test", wildcard * means "0 or more chars". – SΛLVΘ Nov 12 '15 at 14:58
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find . -not -path ./.svn/* ! -name .svn

Essentially, the first part excludes all files within that directory, and the second part excludes the directory itself.

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This:

find . -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -not -name '.svn' -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm -rf

does what you want it to do, I believe. It skips the .svn directory and its contents but deletes everything else, files and directories, including those starting with a '.' in the current directory and any subdirectories.

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