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# 8  
Old 10-09-2009
Hi.

That was interesting!

Code:
#This script will search out duplicate files and remove duplicates
#
#directory=NULL
#echo "Wht directory would you like to remove duplicates from?"
#read directory
cd ~/Desktop/test_remove
for i in *
do
  for j in *
  do
    if [ "$i" != "$j" ]
    then
      cmp -s -- "$i" "$j"
      c=$?
      if [ $c == 0 ]
      then
        if [[ "$j" > "$i" ]]
        then
          rm -- "$j" 2> /dev/null
        else
          rm -- "$i" 2> /dev/null
        fi
      fi
    fi
  done
done
exit 1

I got it to work with [[ ]] on the $j > $i if statement.

Not sure I'd use this approach to the problem, but it seems to wok.

Two things to note. It won't work (or will give errors) if you have directories in the test_remove directory; and i and j are expanded in the beginning to the file list so you will try to delete each file twice (which is why I put 2> /dev/null on the rm commands)
# 9  
Old 10-09-2009
Thank you once again. I also will have to deal with directories... but simply ignore them. i already am running cmp -s for silent output... but it still outputs the line "cmp: test: Is a directory" multiple times because of the loop. Do you know anyway to get rid of that output?
# 10  
Old 10-09-2009
Use 2> /dev/null to throw the errors away, as it is like for the rm commands. Or "2> /dev/null 1>&2" to throw everything away
# 11  
Old 10-09-2009
Thank you very much for all the help with my project. I do appreciate your willingness to advise a novice. Have a good day Smilie
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