Delete multiple files by wildcard in directories

Posted on 2007-10-12
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Hello.  I am needing to delete a bunch of files that are hidden in directories and subdirectories. What command switches would I use with the rm command?

I do not want to actually delete the directories just certain files. Basically, all file with a *.DS_STORE.  The folder layout would be like this:


Question by:swhitlow
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find /directory -name "*.DS_STORE" -exec rm -f {} \;
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The above is valid, but it's known to be really slow, and will remove matched dirs as well
find /directory -type f -name '*.DS_STORE' | xargs rm -fv

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Thanks Tintin! That worked!

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