removing files

Frank Shute frank at
Mon Nov 8 20:49:16 UTC 2010

On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 10:48:18AM -0500, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 11:40:20AM +0530, yoganjaneyulu kasetti wrote:
> > hi,
> > 
> > I have a problem for deleting files using script........please some one can
> > guide me for the same.
> > 
> > I have some files with the extension of ".chk" extension along with the
> > extension of ".log" and ".gjf" extension in the folder called different *input
> > folders. *I wanted to delete the ".chk" file extension having files. If i go
> > to individual input folder manually i can delete the file with *rm* command
> > line by but i would like to delete all the ".chk" files extension files at a
> > time through scripting rather than manual. So please some one help me for
> > the same.
> > /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1249624064640*/input
> > 
> > /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1261202703914*/input
> > 
> > /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1263357080155*/input
> > 
> > /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1289106407303*/input
> Your examples given here don't seem to match quite what you are asking
> as far as I see.   Maybe I am looking at it wrong.
> But, anyway, can't you just the -R switch on the rm?
>   cd top_of_tree_with_files_to_delete
>   rm -R *.chk
>   rm -R *.log
>   rm -R *.gjk
> Or am I missing something.
> ////jerry    

It could be that the OP has more files than the glob can handle. (With
most shells there's a restriction....or used to be).

I'm also reluctant to use a glob with rm without the -i.

With find(1) you can do a dry run first before giving it the -delete

The OP also wants to use -maxdepth 1 with find(1) if he doesn't want to
traverse the tree below his target dir.




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