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Old 03-07-2007, 02:40 AM   #1
tantan
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deleting files recursively, but not directories


Hi,
I'm dealing with this kind of problem.
I have a tree of many directories and subdirectories, and I wanto to make a script that delete all files existing in this tree, but not directories, so I can have my tree empty.
The problem is that if I use " rm -rf * " , the command deletes also directories, because with " -r * " it deletes also directories if empty, not only files.
Does anybody have a tip?

Thanks in advance
 
Old 03-07-2007, 02:45 AM   #2
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hello
"find" can delete only files in a directory tree,
(better check result or can delete something important!):
Code:
find dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 ls -l
then:
Code:
find dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 rm

Last edited by ygloo; 03-07-2007 at 02:51 AM.
 
Old 03-07-2007, 06:01 AM   #3
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Wonderful!!!
it was so simple...

Thanks a lot!
 
  


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