Delete contents of a directory command?

000

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Hello, please see:
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[Moderator Note: We removed your test commands from the ticket to ensure others seeing this thread do not use them by mistake.
[email protected] [/]#
why my command can't delete the folder?

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cPanelMichael

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Hello,

Can you execute the command below and share a snippet of the output?

Code:
ls -al /home/__LOGS/
Specifically, look to determine if the filename prefix used for the files under this directory designate the files as hidden (e.g. .file_name).

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000

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Can you execute the command below and share a snippet of the output?

Code:
ls -al /home/__LOGS/
thanks, the output is:
Code:
[email protected] [/]# ls -al /home/__LOGS/
total 17484
drwxrwxrwx   3 nobody nobody     4096 Jun  4 08:00 ./
drwx--x--x. 51 root   root       4096 Jun  4 07:13 ../
drwxr-xr-x   2 userABC userABC 17887232 Jun  4 15:08 .folderwithnameABC.com/
[email protected] [/]#
what I can do to delete the folder?

thanks!
 

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Hello,

You can add a period before the * symbol in the command syntax in order to identify hidden files (files starting with a period). Here's an example of how to list hidden files under a directory with the ls command:

Code:
ls -al /path/to/directory/.*
If you are attempting to delete multiple files and directories with a single command, it's important to exercise caution. For instance, a simple typo in the path could lead to the unintended removal of multiple files and directories across the system.

The "cp" command is helpful if you want to create a copy of files or directories before removing them. For example:

Code:
mkdir /root/copied-directories
cp -a /home/__LOGS /root/copied-directories/
Once you do this, you could proceed to remove files from the /home/__LOGS directory while keeping /root/copied-directories until you've confirmed the correct files were removed.

Thank you.
 
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cPanelMichael

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Hello,

I modified my previous response and removed references to the rm command in your earlier posts to ensure inexperienced users do not accidentally use this command in a way that results in the unexpected removal of files or directories.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Thanks!