General :: How To Delete All Files In Directory Without Deleting?
Feb 9, 2010
I know that rm -i will prompt wether you want to delete each file.But rm -i -r will prompt for each file in each subdirectory recursively. How to make it prompt just for the directory itself, and then delete its contents without asking?How to delete all the files in a directory without deleting . and ..?How to recursively delete all tilde files in a directory?How to GUI file managers delete files to Trash? Where is this "Trash" located? Can you delete to trash in the command line?
We have an rsync cron job set up to mirror all the files in a "..dashtdocsdocs" folder to the same folder on another server. It copies all the files over correctly and deletes any files in the "docs" directory that aren't in the sending directory, but it also deletes any files we put in the target directory's parent folder (..dashtdocs or other subfolders like ..dashtdocsimages) even though they've been excluded in the .rsync-filter file.
So for example server A has ..dashtdocsdocs and ..dashtdocsimages. Server B has ..dashtdocsdocs but if I manually copy the images folder over to ..dashtdocsimages, the images folder gets deleted from the target directory every time rsync runs.
I'd like to keep just the docs directory synched and update other folders manually, but they keep getting deleted. It looks to me like it's running a delete-excluded option, but that option wasn't used.
There are millions of files in many directories. Wherenver i try rm * or find or use xargs, they say 'argument list too long' and exit. How can i deleted files in a directory with so many files without deleting the directory itself.
I have 2 folders that are synced using rsync. Right now if I delete a file in the source folder, the destination folder still retains that file. Is there a way to get rsync to delete files if they were deleting at the source?I could not find anything in the man page.not sure if I'm missing something or if that feature just doesn't exist.
I have a USB drive that I boot using SysLinux. I think select one of several options to complete a task. I do not have access to edit those Kernels. I need to add a option from the Syslinux menu where I can delete all the files from a specific directory.
I wanna delete a directory with its files and I wanna do that as follows: rm -r dirToDelete Unfortunately, I always get asked for EACH single file if I wanna delete this because it is write protected.... Is there a way to suppress this feedback message so that just the whole directory with its contents disappears?
I need a PHP script to delete a line with certain pattern from all filesin a directory. The Directory contain files with extensions .js,.html and.php. Do any body give a working code snippet to Read all files in a directory with above extension and delete that line from the files.
the permissions for my home directory were accidentally changed from 'access files' to 'create and delete files', and I changed them back, but ever since then I am not able to change any preferences/settings at all. power management, themes, panels, emerald, anything. my user account is supposed to be the administrator, and all the user privliges are checked. how to get control of my computer back?
Something strange is happening with RedHat Linux 5. I created one directory system_verilog twice and both the times somehow it's get deleted after next booting of machine (after modification of some of the file in this directory).
I am facing a problem in Windows due to a virus called Newfolder.exe which creats files with the same name as it's parent directory and an extension .exe and this happens for every directory in the entire hierarchy in the infected pen drive. The antivirus detects them, but is sucking slow. So I thought this is a good opportunity to use the concepts of the all mighty shell script to remove those as they follow the same pattern. Say my complete path is
The virus would have created an file with complete paths
If fol1 has two more directories fol11 and fol12 Then there would be two more .exe(virus created) in the following path
my website was recently infected with this stupid malware lotultimatebet .cn...there is a hidden iframe on almost all the 6000 pages of my site.can you please advise, if it is possible for me to remove this line from all pages by executing some command?
I had a program run riot and it has created hundreds of spurious files in one directory. Fortunately they are all dated 4th November so are easily identified. What bash command can I use from the console to delete them all?
I'm using the command below to sync two directories. Problem is insted of deleting the files on the target directory it simply appends a ~ character at the end of the file name. Not sure why this is happening?I'd like to have all deletes on the source replicated on target.
Is there anyway to delete certain paragraphs within a text file and then insert the paragraph into another text file.I just cannot figure out how to remove the specific lines from the file and then insert them into another file at a certain line within that new file. Thanks again
Im assuming there is a simple answer for this but I have yet to find it in forums. I have 2 partitions mounted on my ubuntu desktop, one is Windows C: drive labeled "Core" and the other is D: drive labeled "Reserve" but for some reason I have a second Windows folder on my desktop, when I attempted to delete it it began to delete the Windows files as well, one forum said to right click and "remove from desktop" but this option isnt in the menu. How can I just delete the folder?
I have a question, that may sound silly. I have removed VirtualBox from my Ubuntu install. But the .VirtualBox folder is still existing with a virtual drive of nearly 10 GB. Can I manually remove the folder .VirtualBox with rm -rf without any unwanted side effects?
I copied a back up of my windows 'my documents' fold and all of its' sub folders into my linux (Mint Debian) Documents directory. I found that many of my files can be found in more that one directory so, what I want to do is to find all the dups and deal with them. Is there a good linux application to resolve this 'duplicates' problem. (I don't want to touch the linux system files.)
I have a FAT32 SD card with a file on it, that, viewed in Windows the filename consists of a long string of nonsense. Viewed in my Android phone's Linux terminal, ls -a shows nothing in the directory. When I try to delete the parent directory with rm -rf deleteme, it fails with "Directory not empty". When I try to delete/move in Windows 7, it says the filename would be too long and/or Explorer crashes. Windows disk check doesn't find anything wrong. How can I delete this?
After running photorec I went from having ~30 gb of free space to having 0 bytes of free space. I have deleted all the results of photorec and various other large files and removed them from trash but it still has not freed up any space. Also, my firefox no longer has back/forward functionality which I'm sure would be fixed by a reinstall but seeing as I have 0 space, I can't really do that. Any thoughts?