rmdir when directory is not empty
Daniel B. Thurman
dant at cdkkt.com
Tue Dec 20 18:37:33 UTC 2005
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>Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2005 10:28 AM
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>Subject: Re: rmdir when directory is not empty
>On 12/20/05, Mogens Kjaer <mk at crc.dk> wrote:
>> > That won't work on directories that have tens of thousands
>> Why not?
>> As long as you don't do a:
>> rm -f /dir/folder-with-many-files/*
>> that, of course won't work, but
>> rm -rf /dir/folder-with-many-files
>> should work.
>Have you tried it? rm will fail because the shell cannot keep track
>of that many;
>the find cmd works because it deals with one file at a time.
I have tried it many times. I have deleted the entire copy
of a copy of / (yes, a copy of root which is some 8GB worth
of files) so if this fails for you, perhaps you do not have
enough memory, virtual or otherwise. It is possible that you
may run out of memory but it has not happened to me at this
time. Maybe your mileage may vary as not all systems are the
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