RM (REMOVE)

rm (remove)

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Overview

rm is a UNIX command for deleting files and directories on the file system.

Dealing With Special Characters

See Bash - Dealing With Special Characters for more information.

Argument list too long

If you provide too many files to delete to a single invocation of the rm (e.g. you use the wildcard expression rm *.jpg in bash to match a large number of images), you may get the following error:

unable to execute /bin/rm: Argument list too long

This is because bash expands the command to rm file1.jpg file2.jpg ... and rm only supports a limited number of arguments.

A workaround is to use find instead:

$ find . -maxdepth 1 -name "*.jpg" -delete

-maxdepth 1 is required to prevent find from recursively going into subdirectories and deleting files from in there.


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