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Old 12-04-2010, 04:52 PM   #16
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can that be fixed with a Q?
ls -1tQ
Old 12-04-2010, 04:55 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by vbekker View Post
rm -rf $(ls -1t | tail -n +7)
As already stated by GrapefruiTgirl, this won't work with "special" files.

Try adding ls's -Q option (puts quotes around the filenames):
rm -rf $(ls -1Qt | tail -n +7)

Hope this helps.

And it seems I was a bit slow in replying ;-)

Last edited by druuna; 12-04-2010 at 04:55 PM. Reason: ... Way to slow.....
Old 12-04-2010, 04:56 PM   #18
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rm -rf $(ls -1t | tail -n +7)
hmm isn't supposed to be +8 to retain the items 1 to 7 and only 8 and upwards will be piped to the rm command?

looks like the 'Q' embeds quotation marks:

"file 1"
"file 2"

so what it does is:

rm -rf $"file 1" = but it doesn't delete anything....


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