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

Stephen Rothwell sfr at canb.auug.org.au
Thu May 12 05:28:55 GMT 2005

On Thu, 12 May 2005 14:01:54 +1000 Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au wrote:
> to fix it properly. However I just RTFM'ed and:
>   find . -print0 |xargs -0 rm
> The "-0" option says use null instead of white-space as a delimiter
> and the "-print0" option tells find use nulls at the end of each
> file name found.
> Murphy says that now that I have worked around this annoyance, people
> will start using some other reserved character in their file names
> Probably single quotes as apostrophes.

But your command line above copes with anything ... since the only special
character now is NUL and NUL (and '/') are not allowed in filesnames on
Linux anyway.

Stephen Rothwell                    sfr at canb.auug.org.au
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