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rm MyDir/*.tmp removes only boo.tmp but not .zip.tmp (No such file or directory).
I want to be able to remove any file that finishes with the .tmp extension even if the filename starts with .something.tmp
Thanks for your help :}
This is because files starting with "." are skipped by the shell evaluating "*". It prevents bad things like "rm -rf *" from trying to delete "." and/or "..". Actually deleting these that way would cause you to loose all your files (an rm "..", would remove the parent directory...).
The safer way is to do an "rm .*.tmp", and though it requires a second command, you could do a "rm *.tmp .*.tmp" which will delete both.
Thank you for your replies.
I'll probably go with the safer way "rm *.tmp .*.tmp"
How do you safely remove a file called "*." ?
I usually do it with a "rm './*.'", where the single quotes disable the substitutions that the shell would do. But if you have a mix characteristics where you want to use wildcards as well as non-wildcards you have to escape the non-wildcards...