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Old 01-29-2008
Error how to remove all except one file?

How can I remove all files and folders in a directory except one perticular file?

Suppose in a folder we have files f1,f2,f3.In this I want to delete all files except f1.

can any one tel me?



thanks in advance..
# 2  
Old 01-29-2008
ls *|grep -v f1|xargs rm -rf
# 3  
Old 01-29-2008
Or copy f1 to /tmp, rm all the files in the current directory and move back /tmp/f1 to the current directory.
# 4  
Old 01-29-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by praveen_b744
How can I remove all files and folders in a directory except one perticular file?

Suppose in a folder we have files f1,f2,f3.In this I want to delete all files except f1.
[...]
[ksh]

Code:
rm !(f1)

[zsh]

Code:
rm ^f1

[bash]

Code:
shopt -s extglob
rm !(f1)

# 5  
Old 03-01-2009
Sorry for bumping this, but . . .

if i wanted to delete all files and/or folders inside a specific folder but keep the files and folders that start with p and m, i should do . . .

rm -R *.* !(p*) !(m*)

is that correct ?

Thanks !
# 6  
Old 03-01-2009
After enabling the extended glob you could try something like this:

Code:
rm -r -- !(@(m|p)*)

 

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