Hi Patrick,

I am interested in the example you provided and looking at the IBM
documentation for find I do not see the -depth option as being available.


I just ran part of the example;
find -depth -type d
find: 001-3026 usage: find [-H | -L | -P] [-Xdx] [-f file] file ...

I have a large number of empty directories and this would be very useful.

How should I be running this ?



From: "Patrik Schindler" <poc@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Midrange Systems Technical Discussion"
Date: 02/10/2021 08:41 PM
Subject: Re: Finding empty folders on IFS and QSH find
Sent by: "MIDRANGE-L" <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hello K.,

Am 01.10.2021 um 17:41 schrieb K Crawford <kscx3ksc@xxxxxxxxx>:

This works. find /home/kcrawford -type d

I am open to other solutions.

A simple shell-script will do also. I assume there are no blanks in the
directory names!

Here, find generates a list of all directories starting from the current
directory, listing the most nested directories first (so directories
freeing directories can be probably identified as free, and deleted). For
every entry, a "ls" command prints *all* entries, line by line. An empty
directory has only two lines, two entries for . and .., so it's safe to
assume that a directory with only two entries is empty and can be safely

for DIR in `find . -depth -type d`; do
if [ `ls -1a ${DIR} |wc -l` -eq 2 ]; then
rmdir ${DIR}

Tested in qsh with 7.2, no error messages. Can be used as one-liner, or
saved in a *STMF with indents to help understanding at a later point in
time. :-)

Important! The backticks are *not* apostrophes! You may see these like a
braced expression in mathematics.

:wq! PoC

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