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Date:      Wed, 8 Feb 2012 13:41:06 -0500
From:      Robert Huff <roberthuff@rcn.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: 'rm' Can not delete files
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David Brodbeck writes:

>  > What helps me sometimes is wrapping it up:
>  >
>  > for i in *; do rm $i; done
>  
>  Won't that just expand the * and result in the same problem?  It
>  seems like you've just moved the problem from the rm statement to
>  the for statement.

	If the problem is the command line to rm being too long, this
will work.
	Yes, the '*" will get expanded to the list of files ... but
that will happen _within_ the running shell.  (Using the services of
glob(3) or something similar.)
	The command line to "rm" will have a single file-name, and
should not be a problem.


				Robert Huff




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