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Delete all files & directories in a folder except one file

I want to delete all files & directories in a folder say 'A'. But except one file in that folder say .keep. I have tried the following command. find A ! -name '.keep' -type f -exec rm -f {} + ...
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speeding up deleting a large directory by running rm -rf on multiple terminals

I have this very large directory that I'm deleting with : rm - rf . It is taking very long, so I opened up another terminal and try deleting the same directory with rm -rf parallely. Is this ...
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CentOS: eror when removing file: “rm: cannot remove '.viminfo': No such file or directory”

I have a file named .viminfo in home directory. I can see that the file is there by ls -lh: $ ls lh ... drwxr-xr-x. 2 mt1022 1091 4.0K Oct 12 2016 .vim -?????????? ? ? ? ? ...
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Delete files with odd file names [closed]

I have these two files in my home directory that I am unable to delete:- -rw-rw-r-- 1 steve steve 20551 Jan 27 23:51 \home\steve?esult_picture.png -rw-rw-r-- 1 steve steve 22238 Jan 27 23:...
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How to Fix Directory with all Question Marks as Permissions

I'm using CentOS 7 and trying to list a directory's contents but can't. When I try to list the contents, I get the following output: [entpnerd@myhost ~]$ ls -ali /data/sharedlogs/otherhost/ ls: ...
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cannot remove file, Device or resource busy

I tried removing a file. The most relevant answer can be found here, but I found no luck. Here is the original problem: maxgitt@mgpc:~$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/docker/ rm: cannot remove '/var/lib/docker/...
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rm no longer asking for confirmation when deleting files?

On my CentOS 6.9 box I've just spotted that rm myfile no longer asks me if I really want to delete it, it just deletes it. I've run alias and there's nothing to do with rm there. What else could be ...
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rm: cannot remove ‘[name].rmanbkp’: Input/output error

I'm using Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.2 (Maipo) and have vgroup mount to folder is: /dev/mapper/vg_oradata-lv_oradata 886G 636G 206G 76% /bak. Now, In folder /bak have a some ...
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Why remove some files is so slow?

While tidying up some folders I saw that deleting some files is very slow : $ ls -lah a/ -rwxrwxrwx 1 user user 4 Nov 17 12:31 af8048e4aec858a02ac48119545413dd $ time (rm -v ...
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How can I *slowly* delete a large directory hiearachy to reduce disk i/o & load?

I have an ubuntu linux system. I have a directory which has a large amount of files. I can use rm -rf $NAME to delete it all. However that can use a lot of disk I/O and cause load to increase, because ...
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Safely deleting rsnapshot _delete folders

I have been using rsnapshot to backup a computer's / for approximately a year. The destination drive has filled up unexpectedly quickly within the last week or so, and the rsync command has failed, ...
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Packets dropped connecting to Azure VM through Point-to-Site RM Gateway

I've setup a point-to-site Virtual Network Gateway using the Resource Manager model. I followed both of these instructions: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/vpn-gateway-howto-...
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Will Ansible prevent the execution of 'rm -rf /' in a shell script

This is based upon this hoax question here. The problem described is having a bash script which contains something to the effect of: rm -rf {pattern1}/{pattern2} ...which if both patterns include ...
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Accidently ran rm -fr in a directory but nothing happened

Can someone confirm that running the command rm -fr without the / does nothing? I accidentally ran rm -rf in my command line and it seemed to do nothing. I am running a jail-shelled cPanel account ...
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Ubuntu OS recovery – accidentally deleted ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 from /lib64 folder in Ubuntu 14.04

I was remotely working on the machine with SSH but after deleting the ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 file by mistake I closed the ssh session and now I cannot login because it gives me following error: Welcome ...
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Why does docker rm take almost 6 seconds to run?

I have a simple docker image based on ubuntu 15.10 that's just running bash. The image is around 1.2gb. It launches very quickly, but when I try to remove the container after it's exited, it always ...
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Single-file docker volume cannot be moved or removed due to permissions

Am I able to make it so that If I connect a single-file docker volume to a container, and the application makes an attempt to move or remove the file, the system allows it, rather than returning "...
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Cannot remove an empty folder with no user using by rm -rf

This is a solaris machine (unix) I have a folder contains some subfolders, but there is no file in it. root # ls -al `find trash` trash: total 6 drwxrwxrwx 3 root root 512 Aug 6 07:37 ...
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Could `rm -rf / --no-preserve-root` mess up the bios?

In order to see approximate speeds for tarballing an entire system, and then restoring that system when if it was foobar'd, I partially cloned one of our primary systems onto a workstation that, while ...
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rm: cannot remove - Permission denied

Anyone have any idea why I can't remove these? ~# find /var/lib/php5/ -xdev -depth -type f -size 0 -exec ls -al {} \; -exec lsattr {} \; -exec rm -rf {} \; -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 Jan 23 05:20 /var/...
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Delete oldest directory, skipping two of them

I have to delete oldest directory. But, two of directories does not have to be "included" in this action. So, directory content looks like this: [root@myserver backup]# ls -la total 84 drwxr-xr-x 21 ...
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Remove all files in directory except last 20

I have question why is my cmd for "removing all files in directory except last 20" not working within cron but in command prompt yes. * * * * * ls -1tr /home/testusr/test | head -n -20 | xargs -d '\...
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How to delete special character in linux

By mistake I made a file with the name \. How do you delete something like that? I've tried rm --\ rm "\" rm -- -\and nothing seems to work. I bet it's so simple but I'm stumbled - any suggestions?
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Composer runtime error when deleting subdirectories

I am running 'composer install' on my server, and then using the script feature to delete all subdirectories called '.git' but I am running in the following composer error. Delete all .git dirs find: ...
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Ubuntu server: Delete first folder in directory

How can I grab the first subfolder in a directory and delete it? I found a script to monitor the free diskspace. It sends an alert email if space runs low, but I want to also delete some unneeded ...
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How to keep subtree removal (`rm -rf`) from starving other processes for Disk I/O?

We have a very large (multi-GB) Nginx cache directory for a busy site, which we occasionally need to clear all at once. I've solved this in the past by moving the cache folder to a new path, making a ...
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How to remove a file where the file name has utf-8 character issues

I want to remove a file from a server via bash rm command. This is a sample file Test_ Mürz.jgp. How would one go about removeing files with such chars issues in the filename on a grand scale ... ...
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How to increase deletion speed of several folder

I have a script containing about 420k lines of "rm -rf" command like which where generated using a "find" statement. Each pdf's folder is containing between 1 and 30 files (no subfolder). rm -rf /...
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vmware esxi - Can't delete directory, not even with rm -rf

I am trying to delete a directory but it's not working. When using rm -rf IPCop I get the error message rm: can't remove 'IPCop': Directory not empty. Another thing I noticed was, when executing ls ...
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Ubuntu - utilities ask about each file? [closed]

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 after doing something like sudo rm *.log it asks me about each file. do you want to delete 1234.log y/n ? do you want to delete 12345.log y/n ? It is having this same behavior ...
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rm + how to remove file with special Characters [duplicate]

I have this file in my linux machine: ----------9976723563nneh4_-----192.9.200.4 I try to delete this file but I cant as all see here: what need to add to rm in order to remove this file ? rm "--...
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User can't remove symlink which owns

I'm trying to remove symlink, although I have appropriate permission, the operation is denied (the user is called capistrno): capistrno $ rm -f /var/www/app/current rm: cannot remove `/var/www/app/...
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Can't delete corrupt files on Linux

So I got hit by a script kitte... Fortunately the box is Ubuntu and was able to replace w/ binaries from a comparable system, however, Some of the files I couldn't delete, and am still stumped on ...
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rm intermittently causes disk to lock up

I have encountered this extremely strange problem on two servers now, both running CentOS5, both of them ext4. One is a SSD, the other is a regular hard drive, both SATA without RAID. The issue is ...
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How to delete files quicker than rm -rf? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Millions of files in php’s tmp error - how to delete? Is there any way how to delete folder/files quicker than with command rm -rf? It seems my disc is filled with bilions of ...
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How to quickly remove hundreds of thousands of files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Doing an rm -rf on a massive directory tree takes hours I'm running a simulation program on a computing cluster (Scientific Linux) that generates hundreds of thousands of ...
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Pausing deletion of directories if load is high

I have a list of directories that I'd like to delete. However when I do them all at one, load spikes on the box. Does anyone have an example of a script that would wait until load was under a certain ...
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How does `rm -rf` work

When I try rm -rf on a directory which has a lot of subdirectories and/or files and which is mounted with SSHFS, then I takes a while to execute. Is it normal ? I would like to know how rm -rf works ...
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remove files starting with dash

I have (by mistake) created several files starting with a dash in my home directory. I can not select them nor delete them. # ls -lht -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 325 Mar 22 16:33 -s-vmstat-overall -rw-...
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Recover data from EXT3 filesystem

Our junior sysadmin accidently deleted some of the directories. Can anyone please suggest any free/proprietary application to recover files from an EXT3 filesystem (RHEL 5.x) ?
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What happens when you 'delete' a file as opposed to securely shredding it?

I read that when you delete a file, depending on the situation, its possible to recover its contents. What happens on a hardware level when you you 'delete' a file, ex. $ rm myFile as opposed to ...
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How do I prevent accidental rm -rf /*?

I just ran rm -rf /* accidentally, but I meant rm -rf ./* (notice the star after the slash). alias rm='rm -i' and --preserve-root by default didn't save me, so are there any automatic safeguards for ...
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Is there a way to delete 100GB file on Linux without thrashing IO / load?

I have a huge log file I need to delete on a production web server. I'm worried it'll bring the system to a crawl if I rm it on Linux. Any brilliant ideas? Update: Filesystem: ext3 Partition: /var (...
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Cannot remove or list directory (ls or rm) Linux - Debian

I have a log file directory at /var/log/apache2/vhosts on a Debian dedicated server. Every day I split the main access_log into respective vhostname.com_access_log files in /var/log/apache2/vhosts In ...
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Cannot delete folder with rm -rf. Error: device or resource busy

I'm trying to delete /var/www/html but I'm getting this error: rm: cannot remove `html': Device or resource busy
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Very slow rm -rf on OpenVZ VPS with Debian 6 installed

I recently bought OpenVZ VPS and compared to a dedicated servers rm -rfoperation takes considerably longer to complete (about 4x - 5x longer). This is case even if there is one big file as opposed to ...
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Disable rm * on production servers

Is there a way to block rm with a single * in production servers? This would help prevent accidents like: rm test * instead of rm test*
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Delete files created 5 mins or earlier in a folder

On CentOS, how can I delete files which are created 5 mins ago or earlier in a folder? Thanks!
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directories with two one dot (.) entries

I'm trying to clean up my lost and found, and I've managed to remove most things, but I'm left with "almost" empty directories, like: lost+found/#14042862: total 1324 dr---wx--- 2 76040 43010 ...
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How can I remove a directory that I own when it contains subdirectories owned by another user?

I have created a directory /home/web/test on a Debian server using a basic unprivileged account web. Another account — tomcat — then created some subdirectories and files in that folder (as you might ...