How to Delete HUGE (100-200GB) Files in Linux

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Aaron Kili

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6 Responses

  1. Emmanuel says:

    This only work do you are using cfq as io scheduler

  2. Lethargos says:

    Why not simply use “nice” and set a low priority? Would that be sufficiently efficient? Linux will know how to handle the priorities so when the cpu is not running high, it will give more cpu time to the rm command. I don’t see any significant difference.

  3. User says:

    echo ” ” > huge_file && rm huge_file

    • Aaron Kili says:

      @User

      Okay, don’t you think without using ionice, this command will cause high I/O loads and gradually slow down the system? Thanks for sharing this.

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