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rm - The parameter list is too long.

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I have a folder wih approx 100,000 XML files  - and I need to delete them but it's coming up with "The parameter list is too long."

how can I do this?


there are a few other files with different extensions so I can; just delete the folder I need to just delete the XML files
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by:ozo
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find . -name '*.xml' -print | xargs rm
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by:ravenpl
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ozo's removes all xmls from this and all subdirs, which may be not what You want...
if You have gnu find
find -maxdepth 1 -type f -name '*.xml' | xargs rm -vf
if no
ls -A -1 | grep "\.xml$" | xargs rm -vf
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by:gaz1000
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Ok I've used this but it's coming up with ls -A -1 | grep "\.xml$" | xargs rm -vf

rm: Not a recognized flag: v
Usage: rm [-firRe] [--] File...
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then go with simple 'rm -f'
-v stands for verbose (shows removed files) but seems like Your rm does not support it...

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