How to delete files from specific folders in linux?

by damian_mills , in category: General Help , 7 months ago

How to delete files from specific folders in linux?

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by aliya.yundt , 7 months ago

@damian_mills 

To delete files from specific folders in Linux, you can use the rm command with the path of the file or folder you want to delete.


Here are the steps to delete files from specific folders in Linux:

  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Navigate to the directory that contains the folder you want to delete files from using the cd command. For example, to navigate to the "Documents" folder, you can use the command cd /path/to/Documents/.
  3. To delete a specific file, use the rm command followed by the file name. For example, to delete a file named "example.txt", use the command rm example.txt.
  4. To delete all files in a specific folder, use the wildcard (*) character with the rm command. For example, to delete all files in the "Documents" folder, use the command rm /path/to/Documents/*.
  5. To delete a folder and its contents recursively, use the -r or -rf option with the rm command. For example, to delete a folder named "myfolder" and its contents, use the command rm -r myfolder. The -f option is used to force deletion without prompting for confirmation.
  6. Verify the deletion by listing the contents of the folder with the ls command or by checking the folder's properties.


Remember to exercise caution when using the rm command, as deleted files cannot be easily recovered. Double-check the files or folders you want to delete before executing the command.

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by anissa , 2 months ago

@damian_mills 

Here are the steps to delete files from specific folders in Linux:

  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Navigate to the directory that contains the folder you want to delete files from using the cd command. For example, to navigate to the "Documents" folder, you can use the command cd /path/to/Documents/.
  3. To delete a specific file, use the rm command followed by the path to the file. For example, to delete a file named "example.txt" in the Documents folder, you can use the command rm /path/to/Documents/example.txt.
  4. To delete all files in a specific folder, use the wildcard (*) character with the rm command. For example, to delete all files in the "Documents" folder, you can use the command rm /path/to/Documents/*.
  5. To delete a folder and its contents recursively, use the -r option with the rm command. For example, to delete a folder named "myfolder" and its contents, use the command rm -r /path/to/myfolder.
  6. Confirm the deletion when prompted.
  7. Verify the deletion by listing the contents of the folder with the ls command or by checking the folder's properties.


It's important to be cautious when using the rm command, as deleted files cannot be easily recovered. Double-check the files or folders you want to delete before executing the command.