Delete directories without browsing them

Matthias Schniedermeyer ms at
Sat Apr 6 09:15:18 MDT 2013

On 06.04.2013 16:57, AZ 9901 wrote:
> Is there a way to tell Rsync to directly delete backup directories at
> the top of the hierarchy without browsing them ?


Deleting a directory-tree has to be done "file by file" and "directory 
by directory" there is no magic "remove that mountain of files"(*).

Altough Snapshots can work like that.
Use something that supports snapshots, put a day into a snapshot and 
then you can remove the whole snapshot. Depending on the circumstances 
(what as to happend to do the work) it may or may not be faster than 
removing a directory tree "file by file" but at least the work is done
"invisibly" by whatever is doing the snapshoting.


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