How To Fix /bin/rm: cannot execute [Argument list too long]

How to Fix /bin/rm: cannot execute [Argument list too long]

You might encounter this error while using the rm command in Linux. The rm command is used in Linux to delete files and directories.  Without any explanation, let’s have a look into the solution for this.

How To Fix /bin/rm: cannot execute [Argument list too long]

When you try to delete a large number of files, you will definitely come across this error. Don’t worry we have the solution for it too.

Use Find Command with ‘-exec’ Argument to Delete a large number of Files

Run the following command with the '-exec' parameter of ‘find‘ that will allow you to run any command over the output of find.

$ find . -maxdepth 1 -name "<filename_pattern>" -exec rm -r {} \;

Some of the basic rm commands in Linux:

Run the following command to remove a file named file1.txt in the current directory:

rm file1.txt

Run the following command to remove a file named file2.txt located in a specific directory:

rm /path/to/directory/file2.txt

Run the following command to remove multiple files at once:

rm file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt

Run the following command to  remove all files with a certain extension in the current directory:

rm *.txt

Run the following command to remove a directory named dir1 and all its contents:

rm -r dir1

Run the following command to force the removal of a file without prompting:

rm -f file1.txt

Run the following command to prompt for confirmation before removing a file:

rm -i file1.txt

Run the following command to remove a directory and all its contents without prompting:

rm -rf dir1

Run the following command to  remove a symbolic link (i.e., a shortcut to a file or directory):

rm link1

Run the following command to  remove empty directories:

rmdir dir1

Note: Be careful when using the rm command, as it permanently deletes files and directories, and they cannot be recovered.

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