iterate through a folder (and any subfolders) and remove any folders that have no files in them (and no subdirectories).

Hi, I want to be able to iterate through a folder (and any subfolders) and remove any folders that have no files in them (and no subdirectories).

Ideally before deleting I want to run initially and for the output to just list the number of files (or 0) in each folder

Neil ThompsonSenior Systems DeveloperAsked:
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
The easy way is for PHP to call find to do this...

find . -type d -empty -delete

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Or you can rewrite all find's logic (shudder)...

Best to use existing + working tools, when they exist.
Neil ThompsonSenior Systems DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks but I'm assuming that needs some kind of shell / command line access?

I got this to work though:


if ($handle = opendir('files')) {

	while (false !== ($entry = readdir($handle))) {

		if ($entry != "." && $entry != "..") {
			if (is_dir("files/".$entry)) {
				$_count = count(glob("files/".$entry."/*"));

				if ($_count == 0) {



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Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
The code you have there won't drop down through subfolders and subfolders. Take a look at the RecursiveDirectoryIterator:

$path = __DIR__ . "/files";

$dir  = new RecursiveDirectoryIterator($path, RecursiveDirectoryIterator::SKIP_DOTS);
$files = new RecursiveIteratorIterator($dir, RecursiveIteratorIterator::SELF_FIRST);

foreach ($files as $file):
    if ($file->isDir() && empty(glob($file->getPathName() . "\*"))):
        echo "FOLDER IS EMPTY: " . $file->getPathName();

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