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all my previous configurations and settings are gone by using the following command in ubuntu 14.04LTS

I used the command rm -rf ~/.Trash/* to empty the trash but when the command is executed, all my files in Download folder are deleted and all my Ubuntu settings are changed. Can anyone please help, ...
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I just want to remove the file from directory

I am trying to remove a file with: ubuntu64@ubuntu:/usr/local/mongodb$ rm /usr/local/mongodb/* But every time it just outputs: rm: cannot remove ‘/usr/local/mongodb/mongodb-linix-x86_64-2.6.4’: ...
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How is 'rm -rf /' able to delete all files in the system?

I haven't tried this command on Ubuntu (for obvious reasons) so I am not sure if Ubuntu will allow its execution. But it's famous for deleting everything. Just out of curiosity, what happens when the ...
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how to restore data after running rm?

I accidently run sudo rm * I thought I was in an unimportant subfolder. The result is that I deleted some very important files, unfortunately. Is there any hope to get my data back ?
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Accidentally removed /var folder

I did something real dumb. I was creating tarballs of files in my /var/ folder. The tarball i created was put into /tmp/test.tar In the process of testing the extraction process, I meant to delete ...
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VLC cannot be installed , [duplicate]

I installed KDE desktop before and am not able to login to kde so , i removed it using sudo remove kde* Then there was audio not working, so i re installed drivers. it is working fine, but for some ...
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how to remove files that are smaller than certain dimensions

I have already found an answer that lists pretty much everything. Except I cannot get it to work. I use: find . -iname "*.jpg" -type f | xargs -I{} identify -format '%w %h %i' {} | awk ...
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Find folders of size lesser than x and delete them

I want to find all folders (within a folder) which are less than 100mb large and delete them. I actually don't want to use a bash script. But probably there is some neat one-line-loop possibility to ...
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Can't create files on desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

I accidentally created a desktop shortcut in my home directory. To remove it, I did sudo rm -rf Desktop Now I can't create files and folders on my desktop.
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Recover Deleted Folder With lsof

I accidentally removed /var folder with rm command. So all my datas (like mysql databases, apache hosts etc.) gone. According to this article, I can find deleted files with lsof . $ lsof | grep ...
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Difference between commands for removing empty directories

What is the difference between rm --dir <directory> and rmdir <directory> with respect to removing empty directories? Also, if they are similar, is there any advantage of having an rmdir ...
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Undo sudo rm -R /*

I stupidly ran sudo rm /* followed by sudo rm -R /* My sites still run, although the vast majority of commands like ls are now broken. Is there a simple way to get data off the server or reverse ...
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Can a directory's mtime be older than that of file inside?

I have this very silly and very basic question but I thought better to ask before I start pruning my NAS. I want to delete all directories in which all files are older than 30 days. For files I ...
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How to remove a directory without a name?

ls -l output: drwxr-xr-x 10 mnevile mnevile 4.0K Sep 9 15:45 ​​ drwxrwxr-x 18 mnevile mnevile 4.0K Jun 16 16:01 movies/ drwxrwxr-x 16 mnevile mnevile 4.0K Aug 19 10:52 music/ drwxrwxr-x 16 mnevile ...
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How can I delete a file if it starts with <html> in bash?

I need a bash command to delete the entire file if the file itself begins with <html>. I'm not sure the best way to go about this... Context: I download a series of files via curl requests. ...
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Does using -v (verbose) slow commands down?

In this question: How to remove all files and subdirectories in a directory WITHOUT deleting the directory in bash? it is asked how to delete all file in a folder, and not the folder itself. Matts ...
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Unable to delete file

I am unable to delete file: sudo rm /usr/local/bin/Katy Perry - Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J-0KSOMA3QBU0.mp4.part It is showing an error: bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(' How to ...
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Cannot delete Directory, doesn't exist?

Somehow this folder got created when i was logged in via sftp. "Sep 19 18:50 " I tried to delete it via sftp. Tried to SSH in and delete with rm -rf as root Error: rm ...
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Understanding rm command

I've been using Ubuntu server at home for a while now, and I've noticed I've some holes in my knowledge of bash and in general several dangerous tools like rm. It is first time in my life I used rm ...
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How to delete all the files/folders from the folder except few folders?

Assume that I have a directory structure as follows: /application ----application/config --------application/config/c1.conf --------application/config/c2.conf ----application/logs ...
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How to prevent directory from being deleted by user?

Suppose a directory dir1 is created by sudo on Desktop. sudo mkdir dir1 Then I applied chown and chmod as following: sudo chown root:root dir1 sudo chmod go-rwx dir1 Now dir1 is only accessible ...
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I cannot delete a folder from a driver (ubuntu 13.04) [closed]

When i try to delete a folder from a drive its saying through UI Error while deleting. Could not remove the folder New_Movie When i clicked show details , its showing Could not remove the folder ...
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Is the command `sudo rm /Desktop/filename` safe?

Is this safe to use? sudo rm /Desktop/FILENAME The reason for wanting to use sudo is I can't see the file. I accidentally typed in sudo rm /Desktop/index.html. It didn't find it but could ...
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how to remove files in a list of paths easily?

I have a list of lines like /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libavfilter.so /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libavfilter.so.3 /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libavfilter.so.3.42.103 ...
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Remove command not working

rm command not working.when i type command rm file name it giving me error No command 'trash' found, did you mean: Command 'crash' from package 'crash' (main) Command 'ktrash' from package ...
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Unable to remove a file which has a name like a command argument [duplicate]

I inadvertently created a file called -r in my home directory. Now I cannot get rid of it: rm -rf rm: missing operand Try 'rm --help' for more information. Other attempts: rm /-/r rm: cannot ...
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cannot access/delete folder in Rubbish Bin containing hundred of thousand of corrupted files on 14.04

yesterday I discovered a folder in the Trash Bin named FdtN0bhKRX containing more than 700,000 corrupted files. I know the approximate number because I tried to move the folder to a USB key, and when ...
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Cannot delete .Trash-503 directory, returns a $RECYCLE.BIN.trashinfo: Input/output error

I cannot delete .Trash-503 folder via GUI or terminal, it returns a $RECYCLE.BIN.trashinfo: Input/output error Not even sudo rm -r or even a simple ls works in that trash directory. Check terminal ...
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Is it safe to alias rm to safe-rm?

We are happy to use safe-rm as a replacement to rm, but is it considered safe to alias it? e.g. alias rm='safe-rm'
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Home deleted by rm command, cannot login

I tried to use rm to format a pendrive but it also deleted everything inside my Home folder. Now I can't even login anymore. Also, pressing shift on boot wont enter in recovery mode. I have the ...
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Converting .rm to .flv using terminal?

Is there anyway to convert .rm to .flv using terminal? Because .rm file is not running in Mplayer in my Ubuntu 12.04. OS Detail: Linux HP-CQ40 3.8.0-39-generic #58~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Fri May 2 ...
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Protection For rm

I sometimes work with my server over ssh. I don't want to lose anything because of an accidental rm. Is there a way of creating a trashbin for my server? I know it sounds stupid, but I just want to ...
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what happens if i delete a file while tar is processing it?

I am attempting to backup my filesystem with the following command: tar -cvjf /fs.bz2 --exclude=/fs.bz2 --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+found --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/sys / This command has been ...
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What are the important xml files? (Accidentally moved all xml files)

Very unfortunately I have moved all my xml files into one folder (I was at /home/desgua/ when I run find . -name '*.xml' -exec mv {} ./logs/ \;. Now I am very afraid of turning off my computer and not ...
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How to prevent users from deleting files that are already in use?

Consider this scenario: User is executing a command on a file. This file becomes 'in-use' now. $ tail -f somefile.log In another shell, user deletes the file. $ rm somefile.log Now, this file ...
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How can I change this script in order to delete directories as well?

find /folder/*.* -mtime +14 -exec rm {} \; I tried rm -r and with -R argument, but without any result.
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Receiving an Error when Trying to Delete a File?

I'm trying to remove some files from an installation I screwed up. I went to the directory in the terminal, and typed sudo rm PCSX but it tells me it doesn't exist even though I can quite clearly see ...
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Aliased rm, how do I also alias sudo rm

I aliased rm to a echo use del or full path to rm to save myself from accidental rm (just lost my $HOME to it). But sudo rm still uses /bin/rm. How can I alias it to also print same message? PS: del ...
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delete several files but leave the selected one

I have a folder contenting several folders and I hope to delete all of them but leave one selected, how could I do this with the command "rm "under Ubuntu12.04??
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How to recover user data missing after reset of computer

I was trying to figure out how watch 4oD (as like many people it just loads forever and never actually plays anything) so I used the help on this page: 4oD (UK) - Can't stream I started with ...
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Find packages which files got deleted or missing after installation

I just accidentally did rm -r /var but luckily managed to ^C it before more damages were done. Is there way to find out all packages which files got deleted in the location so I can reinstall them? % ...
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rm file '??q:q '

I accidently created a file named ??q:q and i can't remove it. rm '??q:q' or rm '\?\?q\:q' (To escape the ?) says No such file or directory Another interesting thing: in ls it shows the name as ...
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rm -I to prevent accidental rm

I just created alias rm="rm -I" to prevent from accidental rm command. -I prompt once before removing more than three files, or when removing recursively. Less intrusive than -i, while ...
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`rm -rf ` and `rm -r` have the same results

Bear in mind that I just learning bash so please explain in moderate terms. rm -rf and rm -r appear to do the same thing. The tutorial (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Beginners/BashScripting) ...
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How to wipe all contents from my user account?

I'm on 12.04 desktop and was wondering if the following command would remove all the data from my user home directory as well as my trash can: rm -r /home/myUser/* If so, can someone confirm that ...
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How can I recursively delete all files of a specific extension in the current directory?

How do I safely delete all files with a specific extension (e.g. .bak) from current directory and all subfolders using one command-line? Simply, I'm afraid to use rm since I used it wrong once and now ...
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Delete directory by referencing symbolic link

To set up the question, imagine this scenario: mkdir ~/temp cd ~/ ln -s temp temporary rm -rf temporary, rm -f temporary, and rm temporary each will remove the symbolic link but leave the directory ...
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Remove files in a directory based on partial name

I wanted to know what is the best way to remove any files no matter what their extension is based on a partial name. Example: 13-05-12_foo_something.jpg 13-06-01_something.png ...
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How do I determine what is using the folder?

I just can't delete the folder under root (it says that resource/device is busy), but lsof and fuser tell me nothing. The folder is located in the depth of /var/www/... and I tried to delete it after ...
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How to fix error “rm: command-not-found” while processing install-info (apt-get cannot install any software)? [closed]

I am running my apt-get in a normal way but today I got some errors while using the apt-get command can anyone suggest any enhancement that I need to make in my configuration files to fix it. I have ...