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remove files recursively

Posted on 1998-07-03
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I ever asked questions about find files recursively and rename a set of  files in current directory.
the following command , which can remove files with extension .a recursively,  is based on the answers.

 find pathname -type f -name "*.a" | sed -e 's/\(.*\)\.a/rm \1.a/' |sh

I feel I make it complicated. Is there other way to do it?
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The safest
 find pathname -type f -name "*.a" -exec rm '{}' \;
or quicker, but not as safe
  find pathname -type f -name "*.a" | xargs rm
or if total length of all filenames will not execeed ARG_MAX
 rm `find pathname -type f -name "*.a"`

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