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Old 06-22-2017, 03:00 AM   #1
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how to delete all files in a directory EXCEPT some specified exclusions?


Hi everybody,

how can I delete all files in a directory that DON'T match an exclusion list?

For example, I have a file called "exclusions.txt", containing

Code:
File1
File3
File7
My aim is to delete File2, File 4, File5 and File 6 using a single command.

Any thoughts would be great! Thank you again
 
Old 06-22-2017, 03:19 AM   #2
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If you read the "man" page for "rm" there is a way to read a list from a file. But you would need to invert the exclusions list into a delete list.
 
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:34 AM   #3
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My aim is to delete File2, File 4, File5 and File 6 using a single command.
I suggest you make a delete.list file looking like this:
Code:
File2
File4
File5
File6
Then you do:
Code:
cat delete.list | xargs rm -v
If you have a large list of files to delete and only few exclusions, you can create the file with
Code:
ls -1 > delete.list
and then edit the file to remove your exclusions.

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