Blog’s better than backup

November 19, 2009

It’s very common that people post the scripts they’ve written for their daily tasks. Seems like blogs have become the leading backup solution for Bash scripts these days. I’ve decided to join this growing group of people, and share with you a tiny script from my ~/bin which is called “cleanup”. The code is at the bottom of the post.

When you launch cleanup, it will remove any files that match “*~” (i.e., the backup files which KWrite, Kate and many other apps create), and it will print out any files that have been removed. Additionally, it will look for a Makefile, and execute “make clean” if it has a clean rule. Everything operates on the pwd only. All in all, a very handy tool to clean the ls output.

Disclaimer: The “*~” backup files have use cases, and the “clean” rule may not do what you think it does. So when using the cleanup script, be aware of the possible consequences.

function hasMakeClean()
    FALSE=1; TRUE=0
    [ -f Makefile ] || return $FALSE
    grep '^clean *\:' Makefile &>/dev/null || return $FALSE
    return $TRUE

case $1 in
        echo Usage: $0 '[-s|--simulate]'
        find . -name '*~'
        hasMakeClean && echo "> make clean located."
        find . -name '*~' -exec rm {} \; -exec echo {} \;
        hasMakeClean && echo "> make clean" && make clean


2 Responses to “Blog’s better than backup”

  1. You should probably use ‘make –dry-run clean’ rather than grepping the Makefile

  2. g Says:

    A safer version is to replace the find command by:
    find . -name ‘*~’ -okdir rm ‘{}’ \;
    This asks the user for each file if he wants to delete the file before actually deleting it. Another construction I use is:
    find . \( -name ‘*~’ -o -name ‘*.bak’ -o -name ‘*.backup’ \) -okdir rm ‘{}’ \;
    which also removes *.bak and *.backup files generated by other software.

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