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Assorted NT/2000/XP/.. CMD.EXE Script Tricks
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130} How do I find and delete files which contain a specific text?
I have a folder which contains about 250000 files.
File explorer chokes or is slow when I try to search for files
which contain a certain a certain phrase.
I would like to delete these files without using a gui program.
What's the dos syntax to do this in a command prompt?
As by the script solution below. Incidentally, note explicitly not
using the errorlevel, but &&
@echo off & setlocal enableextensions
for %%f in ("C:\wherever\*.*") do (
find /i "whatever" "%%f">nul&&ECHO del "%%f")
endlocal & goto :EOF
The "ECHO" is included for some safety. Careful, as always! Use
scripts with del or other powerful commands at your own risk! A del
from command line or from a script is irreversible.