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When I revert in Mercurial, it leaves several .orig files. I would like to be able to run a command to remove all of them.

I have found some sources that say to run:

rm **/*.orig

But that gives me the message:

rm: cannot remove `*/.orig': No such file or directory

I have also tried:

  • rm -rv *.orig

  • rm -R *\.orig

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up vote 36 down vote accepted

Use the find command (with care!)

find . -name '*.orig' #-delete

I've commented out the delete command but once you're happy with what it's matching, just remove the # from the line and it should delete all those files.

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Does that work recursively? – Frank Barcenas May 25 '13 at 22:15
@FrankBarcenas Yeah - find does everything recursively. If you want to limit how that works, you can play with the -maxdepth or -mindepth arguments. – Oli May 26 '13 at 9:37
Definitely leave the -delete at the end of the flags. find . -delete -name '*.orig' will ignore the filter and clobber your whole directory. – Michael Nov 18 at 17:02

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