[CentOS] Silly question - Anything faster than rm?

Jamie Lists jamielist at gmail.com
Sat Sep 29 21:19:12 UTC 2007

On 9/29/07, Luciano Rocha <strange at nsk.no-ip.org> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 04:43:43AM -0700, Jamie Lists wrote:
> > Maybe this is a silly question, but i have a few million files i need
> > to delete but i can't just reformat the volume.
> >
> > Right now the fastest thing i can think of is
> >
> > nice -20 rm -Rf /folder-i-want-to-delete
> >
> > is there a better or faster way to do this?
> No, but if you want to re-use the directory name, rename it before
> removing it:
> mv folder-i-want-to-delete _removed_folder
> rm -fr _removed_folder &
> keep working...
> --
Thanks for the tip.. We just have millions and millions of files and
it's taking FOREVER haha!

I thought maybe there might be some other command i'm not aware of
that would wipe this stuff out faster ya know.


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