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Linux delete file with size 0 [duplicate]


In Linux, how can I delete a file with a size of 0? I’d like to run this without using any other scripts in a crontab.

l filename.file | grep 5th-tab | not eq 0 | rm

Something like this?

Asked by Franz Kafka

Solution #1

This will delete any files with a size of zero in a directory (and below).

find /tmp -size  0 -print -delete

If you only need a single file;

if [ ! -s /tmp/foo ] ; then
  rm /tmp/foo

Answered by Paul Tomblin

Solution #2

You’ll want to utilize the following search terms:

 find . -size 0 -delete

Answered by James.Xu

Solution #3

To find and delete empty files in the current directory and subdirectories, use the following commands:

find . -type f -empty -delete

Because directories are also specified as being of size zero, -type f is required.

The dot . (current directory) is the starting search directory. If you have GNU find (e.g. not Mac OS), you can omit it in this case:

find -type f -empty -delete

Documentation can be found at GNU:

Answered by Antonio

Solution #4

You may accomplish this with the command locate. We can use -type f to match files, and -size 0 to match empty files. Then we can use -delete to remove the matches.

find . -type f -size 0 -delete

Answered by PYK

Solution #5

When you don’t need find(1) on Linux, the stat(1) command comes in handy:

(( $(stat -c %s "$filename") )) || rm "$filename"

The -c percent s option in the stat command allows us to merely acquire the file size (see the man pages for other formats). That’s the $, I’m running the stat software and recording its results ( ). This output is numerical, as indicated by the outside (()). If the size is zero, the result is FALSE, and the OR’s second portion is executed. Because non-zero (non-empty file) is TRUE, the rm command will not be executed.

Answered by cdarke

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