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Old 08-07-2016
Find the directories and deleting with wild card

Hi Firends,

I have requirement like find the directories in unix after my my deployment is done.

generally my requirement as follows.

/data/common/scripts is folder and it has multiple scripts in this path.

I have taken the back up of scripts folder as below


and I have to delete the 0816 folder by use find command.

I used the follwogin find command which is not working.

find . -type d '[1-4]_*'

I have to use it in script to find out the folder 0816_scripts and delete it.

Can you please suggest me to find the directory as shown above which has first 4 digits are numbers and to find the directory with wild cards to identify the folder my directory name as follows with first 4 numners.


I have find the directory through the script and delete it. Can you please help me out .

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 08-07-2016 at 12:54 PM.. Reason: code tags
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Old 08-07-2016
find . -type d -name '[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]_*'

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 08-10-2016 at 03:54 PM.. Reason: -name was missing as MiG pointed out...
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Old 08-08-2016
-name missing?
find . -type d -name '[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]_*'

If direct deletion is safe enough
find . -type d -name '[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]_*' -prune -exec rm -rf {} \;

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Old 08-08-2016
Be careful of typing errors that might have created a directory with a space in the name, such as 1234_scripts * as evaluating this may have the undesired effect of trying to remove 1234_scripts and then carrying on to try to remove *, which might be unpleasant.

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Old 08-09-2016
Thanks for your help...This is working fine.
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