[CentOS] Silly question - Anything faster than rm?

Sat Sep 29 21:29:51 UTC 2007
gjgowey at tmo.blackberry.net <gjgowey at tmo.blackberry.net>

mv folder-to-be-deleted /dev/null ?


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-----Original Message-----
From: "Jamie Lists" <jamielist at gmail.com>

Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 14:19:12 
To:"CentOS mailing list" <centos at centos.org>
Subject: Re: [CentOS] Silly question - Anything faster than rm?

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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