[clug] What's the fastest way of deleting files?

Michael James clug at james.st
Wed May 11 07:35:29 GMT 2005

It's partition cleanup time again,
 what's the fastest way of deleting files?

It's only 150 Gig of the files in that filesystem
 so I can't simply unmount, re-mkfs, and mount again.
That would be too quick and easy.

Partition is reiserfs3.6 if that matters.

rm -r				takes forever, gives no feedback.

find -type f -print -exec rm {} \;	still chugging after hours

rm */*/*				too many arguments

To get the hands on part over quickly
 I make a TRASH directory in the same partition
 and  "mv unwanted_dir  TRASH"

But then the TRASH needs to be emptied, trashd anyone?
Not something you'd normally need I know.

Michael James			michael at james.st
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Give the people control of media, they will use it.
Don't give people control of media, and you will lose them.
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