How Fix problem : Argument list too long error for rm commands

If you, as a system administrator, wanted to delete a folder that has a large number of files with the rm command on the command line, you have probably encountered the following error.

[root@server1] # rm -rf * -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long

At this time, with a simple solution and an alternative command, you can easily perform the cleanup and removal operation.

  1. If you want to remove all file existing in the folder, use this command :
find . -type f -exec rm -v {} \;

2. If you want to remove specify type of file, for example PDf file try like :

find . -name ‘*.pdf’ -exec rm -f {} \;

Finally, I recommend that you use the command carefully and be careful, because incorrect use of this command may cause the operating system to crash.



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