Tricky Deleting

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Wed Mar 9 06:27:59 MST 2005

On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 05:21:16PM -0700, Nicholas Leippe wrote:
> On Tuesday 08 March 2005 05:16 pm, Eric Jensen wrote:
> > Working with a new backup scheme and trying to think of a good way to
> > delete all sub folders of a directory, but not any files in the root of
> > the directory.  For example, I have a directory structure like:
> > /2005/03/08.  Folder '03' has a folder for every single day with the
> > daily backups.  At the end of the month I am moving the last day's
> > backups to the root of the month's folder (03) and then want to clear
> > out all the daily folders.  I could just copy them to a temporary
> > folder, do the traditional rm -rf and move the files back.  But curious
> > to know if there is a handier way to do this, since I'm sure it will
> > come up again.
> find /2005/03/ -maxdepth 1 -type d | xargs rm -rf


find /2005/03/* -maxdepth 1 -type d | xargs rm -r

instead. What you have will take out the directory 03, not what you

Also, I wouldn't use the -f argument to rm. If something needs the -f,
I want to know what it is and where it came from, and fix it at the


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