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I have around six million files (only files ,no sub-dir) to delete in UFS file system. Any tips to increase the performance?

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You're pretty much stuck waiting it out. It's going to take a good long time too. –  Chris S Apr 12 '10 at 13:19
you could always put the command into back ground with & , so you can do other work while you delete files. You could always just recreate the file system with mkfs /dev/mydevice, this would be faster than deleting files, although you will loose everything on that file system. –  The Unix Janitor Apr 12 '10 at 14:59

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Not for this time but in the future would it be possible for you to create them in a separate file system? this would at least give you the option of just wiping the whole FS if that were appropriate.

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Get the file names with ls -f or ls -U (if supported) to avoid having ls or your shell sort out the names. Just ls -f | egrep -v '\.|\.\.' | xargs rm -f. If this is a frequent necessity, you might want to write a small C utility to do it.

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That skips any file with a dot in its name, perhaps you meant egrep -v '^\.$|^\.\.$' –  Dennis Williamson Apr 12 '10 at 18:07
@Dennis Williamson - you're right. Though if the million files have generated names, it's likely that none start with dot. –  mpez0 Apr 12 '10 at 21:02
Your grep is intended to eliminate the directories . and .. from the output of ls, but it will also eliminate such generated filenames as tmp.C9rDc96tca –  Dennis Williamson Apr 12 '10 at 22:08

find /mydir -type f -exec rm {} \;

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