Find file patern
Change to the folder with the files. and use the below command the list 10 files to know the file name pattern.
ls -U | head -10
Let’s assume the results shown were as below. you can see that the files are in different file paterns.
1481437763.H954P5447.server.hostname.com 1468783501.H490580P22718.server.hostname.com 1475010772.H687029P17227.server.hostname.com 1493274854.H345961P8138.server.hostname.com 1482192789.H301559P16572.server.hostname.com 1489596894.H418001P14490.server.hostname.com 1477925020.H369024P27934.server.hostname.com 1492679074.H264189P23124.server.hostname.com 1472341025.H302369P21273.server.hostname.com 1478050624.H708736P8736.server.hostname.com
Delete the files
let’s choose one of the patterns 1481437763… and execute the following commands to try to delete all files of that pattern. You can see that the last command in the below list has one less numeral. You may have to adjust your patterns depending on the number of files present int he pattern.
rm -rf 148101* rm -rf 148102* rm -rf 148103* rm -rf 148104* rm -rf 148105* rm -rf 148106* rm -rf 14810*
once sufficient files are deleted you can execute the below command to delete remaining files in the folder.
rm -rf *
You can use the above solution to also resolve below issues