> > > >> I often have the need to remove hundreds or even thousands of files from > >> a > >> single directory (very often). Using rm, I usually get: > >> > >> pearl# rm -rvf * > >> /bin/rm: Argument list too long. > >> > >> Is there any way to work around this instead of having to select a small > >> bunch of files at a time to remove? > > > > Not exactly, but find(1) will do the job for you. > > Typically you would use it with xargs(1). > > Thanks to all who replied. This following suggestion worked very, very > well, and extremely quickly: > > > find /path-to-directory -type f -print | xargs rm >
The find method is right for doing this now and then. But if you are doing this frequently and there is a reasonable pattern to the file names you are crating and then deleting, you might want to create a special directory for them and then when it is time to delete them, just do an rm -rf on the directory - as in: mkdir junkdir fill it up with those files and do whatever you need. rm -rf junkdir t might take some thought to categorize the files so the right ones are stashed in the directory. ////jerry > I'll read up on find and xargs as this approach appears to be easily > scripted and cronned. > > Tks again! > > STeve > > > > > > You may need to add some options to those commands depending on your > > situation. For example, if you have embedded whitespace characters in > > the file names or if you don't want to descend into subdirectories. > > > > > _______________________________________________ > [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" > _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"