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    how to delete folders called * without deleting other folders?

    this may look unusual but I have a lot of folders called * , I want to recursively delete them all but if I use rm -rf * command it deletes all the other folders too

    for example

    [~]# mkdir 001
    [~]# cd 001
    [~/001]# mkdir *
    [~/001]# mkdir 001
    [~/001]# ls
    ./ ../ */ 001/
    [~/001]# rm -rf *
    [~/001]# ls
    ./ ../

    how can I only delete the folders called *? and I need to do it recursively.

    thanks
    Last edited by sohlinux; April 18th, 2013 at 01:36 PM.

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    Re: how to delete folders called * without deleting other folders?

    Quote Originally Posted by sohlinux View Post
    this may look unusual but I have a lot of folders called * , I want to recursively delete them all but if I use rm -rf * command it deletes all the other folders too

    for example

    [~]# mkdir 001
    [~]# cd 001
    [~/001]# mkdir *
    [~/001]# mkdir 001
    [~/001]# ls
    ./ ../ */ 001/
    [~/001]# rm -rf *
    [~/001]# ls
    ./ ../

    how can I only delete the folders called *? and I need to do it recursively.

    thanks
    escape using double quotes
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    Code:
    rm -rf "*"
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    Re: how to delete folders called * without deleting other folders?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    escape using double quotes
    i.e. like
    Code:
    rm -rf "*"
    thanks

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