rm * in a directory that contains a lot of individual files might get the following error:
- bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long
There are a few ways to delete the files inside that specific directory:
findcommand - this is my personal favorite
Here’s how to do that!
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Let’s say that you don’t need the folder, so what you could do is just use
rm -rto delete the folder recursively, that way you would basically supply just 1 argument (the folder name), and you will be able to delete the folder and all files inside:
findcommand, the benefit is that it is much quicker and you could add specific arguments to narrow down the risk of deleting something that should not be deleted:
cdinto the folder in question and then run:
A quick rundown of the arguments:
-maxdepth- here we specify the levels of directories below the starting-points that you would like to go. In our case 1 means that we would only delete the files from the current directory and not the subfolders
-type f- this is how we specify the type of the files that we would like to delete, this is really beneficial as if there are any symbolic links they would not be deleted
-name- we specify the file name with a wildcard at the end that we could use as a pattern
-delete- with the delete argument we basically tell the
findcommand what to do with the files that match the patterns above.
In most cases, this should be fairly quick.
You could use a for loop to delete the files inside the folder with the
rmcommand, note that this could take a very long time so I would not really recommend it:
You would need to first
cdinto the folder and then run:
Note that this would delete all files inside the directory.
Here’s a quick video on how to do that as well:
Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby