OT: finding every file not in a list

Aryeh M. Friedman aryeh.friedman at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 19:25:41 UTC 2010

Glen Barber wrote:
> Hi,
> Aryeh M. Friedman wrote: 
>> I have a list of files that should be in a dir tree and want to remove 
>> any files from the tree not in list (i.e. if it is on the list keep it 
>> else rm it)... any quick way to do this?
> Perhaps something like this will help:
> 	find /dir -type f | \
> 		grep -v `cat excludelist` | \
> 		xargs rm 
> Regards,
Note quite since it will see every file after the first as a file to be 
grepped instead of filtered out... I was playing with the idea of doing 
a tcsh foreach loop on each file and then using it cut down the output 
of find...  the problem there is it is O(n^2) where is a "good" solution 
is O(n) [I need to do this {don't ask the reasons} everytime I build a 
program I am developing]

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