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Abubakar Hassan
Abubakar Hassan

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How to recursively remove .DS_Store

Lately, I've been doing a lot of development on Mac. With that comes a lot of use of the Finder app.

In order keep your repo clean, you need to remove .DS_Store files from the folders created using the Mac GUI. Doing that by hand is really boring, painful, and repetitive. Enter that awesome thing we call the command line.

Recursively Remove .DS_Store

Open up Terminal

In the command line, type:

cd to/your/directory - then press enter.

Finally, in the command line, type:

find . -name '.DS_Store' -type f -delete - then press enter.

Warning: Never use a wildcard (*) with this command, unless you know what you're doing. Bad things can happen if you don't.

This snippet will remove .DS_Store files from the selected folder, as well as all of the folders that it contains. All of them. At once.

This command can be used for other types of files, as well. Just replace '.DS_Store' with whatever file name, or type, that you want to delete.

Other uses

You can do this for other file types, as well.

For example, you could use the below to delete all JavaScript files within a containing folder.

find . -name '*.js' -type f -delete

Note that the asterisk is a wildcard, meaning the Terminal is looking for any file with an extension of .js... it can be dangerous to use wildcards...

be careful.

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Rene Pot

There isn't really a need to remove the files, just add the .DS_Store file to .gitignore and you'll never see it in a repository again.

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Abubakar Hassan

You're right. However, adding .DS_Store to .gitignore after it has been checked in doesn't remove it from the repository. You'll have to user git rm --cached *.DS_Store to remove them.

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Rene Pot

Yes! Very true!

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Jon McLaughlin 🍄

dot_clean .

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mountlav

Thank you!❤️

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Abubakar Hassan

You're welcome

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