Thanks for your responses!
Wildcards are not working very well for me, because there are so many files! For example, I can do -
but then this returns the old 'Too many arguemetns list!
Which means, I suppose, I need to do all the prior rm statements for news.notice.2.gz.[1345..].*, which obviously isn't practical.
Seems like an ideal situation for a script. I looked through some script webpages. I can figure the basics, like a simple loop, but I don't know how to identify just 1 file at a time that I want to delete. Can anyone suggest a small script that might work (for example, to repeatedly delete the first file in the directory, or the most recent file in the directory, or whatever.)
Or any other suggestions?