Thursday, July 19, 2012

OS X Limitations: working around deletion of large numbers of files (time machine image)

I've run into problems like this, when I was unable to delete an OS X sparsebundle image on a Time Capsule.

I think I was able to use rm -r, but in some cases event that might not work. This Mac OS X hints discussion has several fixes: Script to delete huge sparsebundle images.

They include:
  • AppleScript invocation of rm -rv
  • unix commands including use of bands, xargs, head, find and so on.
The article includes related references

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