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Manual Reference Pages  -  CLEAN (1)

NAME

clean - automatically remove unwanted files

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
How globbing works, using your own .cleanrc, and the default .cleanrc:
Warning

SYNOPSIS

clean [-bifloqVw] [-t days] [-eE glob] [-xX exclude] [directory ...]

DESCRIPTION

The clean utility searches through the filesystem for "temporary files" which can be deleted safely.

The options are as follows:
-b batch mode: Wait until all subdirectories have been traversed and then prompts to delete the complete list of matching files (default)
-i interactive mode: Prompt for deletion of each file as it is found. Also, allows entire directory trees to be skipped at the prompt.
-f force mode: Run the program quietly and automatically delete all matching files. This switch recommended only for expert users.
-l flat mode: Only clean the current directory; do not enter subdirectories.
-o object files: Add *.o, *.pyc, *.pyo to the list of regex patterns to search for.
-q Quiet mode: Do not echo the directory names while traversing the filesystem.
-V Version number: Print the version number of the program.
-t days
  time mode: only eliminate files that are more than days old.
-e glob
  Use this expression without using the the .cleanrc or the default list (as appropriate). Can be used more than once.
-E glob
  Use this expression in addition to the .cleanrc or the default list. Can be used more than once.
-x glob
  Exclude this directory name from the traversal. This overrides the .cleanrc and the default list. Can be used more than once.
-X glob
  Exclude this directory name from the traversal. This is in addition to the .cleanrc and the default list. Can be used more than once.

If no directory is specified, then clean defaults to the current directory. Only one of -b , -i , or -f may be specified. Also, -e and -x may not be used in conjunction with -E and -X .

How globbing works, using your own .cleanrc, and the default .cleanrc:

A glob expression may include regular characters as well as "wildcards". For the definition of globbing see the appropriate part of the sh(1) man page.

To make your own .cleanrc, create a file in your home directory name ".cleanrc" and put in it any glob expressions that you would like clean to look for. Also, you may put in the names of directories that you want to exclude from the search. The names of the directories should be prefixed with a ‘!’. A ‘#’ at the beginning of a line represents a comment.

The default .cleanrc would look something like this:

# Default .cleanrc
#
# Expressions to match
core
*~


*.BAK


*.CKP


*.NEW


\#*#


dead.letter
*.otl


*.backup


# End of default .cleanrc

WARNING

This program was written with the express purpose of deleting (unwanted) files. Please be certain that you understand this program and that you really want to use such an automatic deletion process before you begin.
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