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Old 06-07-2010, 08:31 AM   #1
rjo98
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How to delete all empty folders


I just had a bad experience with a server, and now i have a 17GB lost+found. It appears a lot of the stuff in there are folders which are empty. Since those really serve no purpose as far as recovering data from what I can tell, is there a slick way to delete just the empty folders from my /data/lost+found folder, leaving me with just the stuff I truly need to look through?
 
Old 06-07-2010, 08:44 AM   #2
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Hello rjo98,

Not sure I well understood you question, anyway, you may do :

Code:
 rm -fr /data/lost+found
WARNING : this will remove everything (folders & files) into 'lost+found' and the 'lost+found' folder itself.

What about removing only the empty folders :

Code:
find 'yourbasedir_name' -depth -empty -type d -exec rmdir {} \;
That gives :

Code:
 find /data/lost+found -depth -empty -type d -exec rmdir {} \;
or under /data/lost+found :

Code:
 cd /data/lost+found
find * -depth -empty -type d -exec rmdir {} \;
Hope it helped..

g33ky

Last edited by g33ky; 06-07-2010 at 08:50 AM.
 
Old 06-07-2010, 08:47 AM   #3
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Try this:

Code:
# find -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;
Run from within the directory that contains the empty sub-directories you want to delete.
 
Old 06-07-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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Thanks to you both, looks like you both came to the same conclusion!
 
  


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