Delete all bin / obj folders

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:24 UTC by garethbrown

From: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/755382/i-want-to-delete-all-bin-and-obj-folders-to-force-all-projects-to-rebuild-everyt

This depends on the shell you prefer to use.

If you are using the cmd shell on Windows then the following should work:

FOR /F "tokens=*" %%G IN ('DIR /B /AD /S bin') DO RMDIR /S /Q "%%G"
FOR /F "tokens=*" %%G IN ('DIR /B /AD /S obj') DO RMDIR /S /Q "%%G"

If you are using a bash or zsh type shell (such as git bash or babun on Windows or most Linux / OS X shells) then this is a much nicer, more succinct way to do what you want:

find . -iname "bin" | xargs rm -rf
find . -iname "obj" | xargs rm -rf

and this can be reduced to one line with an OR:

find . -iname "bin" -o -iname "obj" | xargs rm -rf

Note that if your directories of filenames contain spaces or quotes, find will send those entries as-is, which xargs may split into multiple entries. If your shell supports them, -print0 and -0 will work around this short-coming, so the above examples become:

find . -iname "bin" -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rf
find . -iname "obj" -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rf

and:

find . -iname "bin" -o -iname "obj" -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rf

If you are using Powershell then you can use this:

Get-ChildItem .\ -include bin,obj -Recurse | foreach (Error in LaTeX '_) { remove-item': Invalid pattern '[^]' at offset 3. Unterminated [] set._.fullname -Force -Recurse }

as seen in Robert H's answer below - just make sure you give him credit for the powershell answer rather than me if you choose to up-vote anything :)

It would of course be wise to run whatever command you choose somewhere safe first to test it!


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