Thank you Dark_Helmet !
The globignore thing is entirely new to me (well, like so much stuff, I moved my websites to a dedi out of necessity rather than because I felt ready, haha), I'll have to dig into that.
The chown trick (suggested later in that thread) is also a great idea, and I believe it WOULD do the trick. I'm still reluctant to doing that, for "purity" reasons I'd like to keep astray from becoming root, ideally I'd like to be able to do all I need as the single user.
And there's the problem that if, some day, I have a folder with NUMEROUS symlinks instead of just 4 today, it will be an issue again and, to select all the symlinks, we'll be back to the present post.
To get back to business, if the "rm" command can't be used, then maybe I could search in another direction, as suggested in the first post of your linked thread.
Is there a special wildcard that can allow to select only symlinks ? Would you know, please ?
- In such a case, I could do that
mv "only symlinks" ../
rm -rf *
and then bringing the symlinks back.
- or find "only symlinks -exec and move them to another folder
- or even more simply "find all but symlinks" -exec rm -rf
All these ideas would require being able to have a special char to only pick symlinks...