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Date:      Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:25:44 +1100
From:      andrew clarke <mail@ozzmosis.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: 'rm' Can not delete files
Message-ID:  <20120209032544.GA58560@ozzmosis.com>
In-Reply-To: <20120207231716.31aa8bc3@gumby.homeunix.com>
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On Tue 2012-02-07 23:17:16 UTC+0000, RW (rwmaillists@googlemail.com) wrote:

> On Tue, 07 Feb 2012 22:14:56 +0000
> Matthew Seaman wrote:
> 
> > ls -1 | xargs rm
> 
> but be aware that that wont work for filenames with spaces.

In addition, I don't believe it solves the OP's initial problem of the
argument list being too long!  You'd probably need to use the xargs -n
switch here.

The above will also try to 'rm' directories, which won't work.

Instead I would use 'find':

find . -type f -depth 1 -delete

This will also work with filenames with spaces.

Or the scenic route, using xargs, with one rm per file (slower):

find . -type f -depth 1 -print0 | xargs -n1 -0 rm -f

(The "scenic route" is useful if you want to do something else with
the files instead of deleting them with rm.)

Regards
Andrew



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