25 thoughts on “command line script to delete .svn files / folders”

  1. Doesn’t work.

    C:\>find ./ -name “.svn” | xargs rm -Rf
    ‘xargs’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\> 😛

  2. Great hint. Also, for those that don’t know, you can checkout a clean copy of the code directly from subversion by using “svn export”. This leave you with a perfect copy of the code, without the .svn folders.

  3. Here is a slightly more efficient way of doing the same thing:

    find ./ -name .svn -exec rm -rf {} \;

    When you use -exec find will execute the command for every result returned via the find query into the argument {}

    Another useful command is to only perform and operation on files that have not been added or modified. You can do this like so:

    svn status | grep ? | awk ‘{print $2}’ | xargs rm -rf

    This would remove any file that has been added to the repository.

    Breaking it down

    svn status will return results like this:

    ? foo
    M build/projects/Community.iml
    M build/build.properties

    Piping it through grep ? will give you:

    ? foo

    Awk can be used to print out the column we want that is what the print $2 part of the awk command is for.


    finally pass the results to xargs rm

    Hope this is interesting.


    1. hey, can you suggest any way that will help me to find a particular file and delete it via command prompt.

  4. I use:

    find ./ -name “.svn” -exec rm -rf {} \;

    which does the same thing with out the pipe (not that that matters though)

  5. I found another choice. Just to share it with all of you:

    rm -rf `find . -type d -name .svn`

    The key is the grave accent quotes in this case. It worked in a split second.

  6. If the paths contain spaces then this will do:

    find ./ -name ".svn" -print0 | xargs -0 rm

    but again as many people already posted the pipeless version is nicer:

    find ./ -name .svn -exec rm -rf {} \;

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