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Date:      Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:36:06 -0600
From:      Karl Denninger <karl@denninger.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Removal script
Message-ID:  <792c5f22-5851-7419-f9a1-fa40df265f1c@denninger.net>
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On 2/15/2020 07:31, Jos Chrispijn wrote:
> I am looking for a way to remove a nested subdirectory in a directory.
>
> Example:
> directory /mysources has a certain number of subdirectories which
> contain subdirectory 'nonsense' in various subdirectories, which
> contain also subdirectory 'nonsense', etc.
>
> What I would like to do is that the script removes all 'nonsense'
> folders in the base /mysources.
> Can you pls tell me how I can do that savest? Thanks!
>
> /jos

Well, there's no completely "safe" way that might not nuke something you
don't intend, but....

find . -type d -name 'nonsense' -exec rm -rf {} \;

Starts in the current directory, walks the tree, anything that is a
directory and has the name "nonsense" is "rm -rf'd".

Just don't be wrong about any of those directories being or having in
them something you don't want nuked.=C2=A0 "rm -rf" does exactly what you=

tell it to and it's entirely possible to really hose yourself with it
(e.g. "rm -rf /" will do exactly what you think it might.)

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Karl Denninger
karl@denninger.net <mailto:karl@denninger.net>
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