Re: delete file based on content
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Greg Folkert <email@example.com> writes:
> On Mon, 2004-01-05 at 18:35, Michael Martinell wrote:
> > I am trying to delete files based upon content. As an example I
> > have files called log1, log2, log3
> > Log 1 contains the words "Processing completed correctly" and can
> > be deleted.
> > I tried the following: grep -li "Processing completed correctly" *
> > This gave me the list of logs that were complete. How can I send
> > the results of this to the rm command. The redirection that I
> > tried did not seem to work.
> rm -f $(grep -li "Processing completed correctly" * | \
> cut -f1 -d: | sort | uniq )
I'm confused. "grep -l" already gives you only the filenames that
match, so why are you cutting at ":"? Also, why go through the
"sort|uniq" pipe? Do the files need to be deleted in a certain order?
ITYM the following:
$ grep -li "Processing completed correctly" * | xargs rm -f
Beware that this will do unexpected things if filenames have
whitespace in them (as will the command given by Greg).
Hope this helps,
Lucas Bergman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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