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Can files/directories deleted with rm be restored?

Is it possible to restore files/directories which are deleted from terminal using rm and rm -r?. If a file is deleted from graphical interface, it could be restored from trash, but how do you restore ...
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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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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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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 all files from a directory?

The closest I've gotten is # rm /path/to/directory/*.* but that doesn't work for files that don't have an extension...
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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 Ubuntu Server have a Trash?

I'm using the server version of Ubuntu. I was wondering if files still go into the "trash" etc. with this version. I'm been deleting stuff and I just want to make sure the stuff is not being put into ...
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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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Is there a significant disadvantage to aliasing rm to do something else?

I've been bitten a few times recently with rming things I shouldn't have - for example, forgetting to ulink symlinks, not rm them. I'm thinking of writing a small bash script to simply move the ...
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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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I cannot delete files from root's Trash

I deleted some large files from nautilus launched as sudo. They still show in /home/.Trash-0/files/<foldername> when I type sudo sh -c "du -h /home | grep -P '[0-9]G\t'" but when I type sudo rm ...
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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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How to remove files modified between particular dates?

As in the topic: I would like to remove files in a directory that have been modified in a particular date range. How can I do this ?
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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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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 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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Command to delete all files from folders matching name recursivly?

I have my base folder (let's call it base). I have a bunch of folders inside, scattered at various depths within these folders are cache folders. I want to delete all files from within the cache ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any faster way to remove a directory than “rm -rf”?

I have a folder that has many files and "rm -rf" takes a lot of time to complete. Is there any faster way to remove a directory and it's contents (subdirs, etc)?
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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 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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Pipe results of locate into rm

I tried running locate *.orig | xargs rm but it said No such file or directory I've seen ways to do it with find but locate returns the full path to the object so it should be possible
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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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“sudo rm” fails to delete files

My main account is called "u1204" and I have some files created with another account called "dad": $ find . -user dad -print ./Documents/Zim Notes/.zim/state.conf ./Documents/Zim Notes ...
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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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Can't delete/edit files on my pendrive

I'm trying to delete the .Trash-1000 from my pen drive, but with sudo rm -rf .Trash-1000/ I got rm: cannot remove `.Trash-1000/expunged/2660089871/apps.log': Read-only file system (one line of ...
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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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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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How can I make rm stop asking me for permission?

On my server rm always asks me for permission (even though I'm root) when I run it, on my desktop it does not. Like so: $ rm mod_wsgi-3.3.tar.gz rm: remove regular file `mod_wsgi-3.3.tar.gz'? How ...
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Can't delete file even as root

I tried to delete a directory by running sudo rm -rf google-chrome. This gave no output message but the directory wasn't deleted. There is only one file remaining, google-chrome/default/User\ ...