Problem deleting files

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Wed Jul 4 00:20:29 UTC 2018

--On July 2, 2018 at 4:48:31 AM +0900 Yasuhiro KIMURA <yasu at> 

> From: Paul Schmehl <paul.schmehl at>
> Subject: Problem deleting files
> Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:13:30 -0500
>> I have a problem with a directory full of files that I can't seem to
>> delete.
>> rm * returns argument list too long. So does file *
>> find . -type f -exec rm [] \; returns rm: []: No such file or
>> directory over and over again.
> Try following command.
> find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 rm -f

It took more than 24 hours, but the files are all gone. Thank you for the 
useful suggestion.

Paul Schmehl, Retired
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