I needed to remove files from quite a few sub-directories in a directory, but couldn't remove the sub-directories. The attached script does just that.
You should run the script as root, or use sudo, but you don't have to. Here is the meat of the script:
for i in $BASE/* do echo -e "Now working on $i.\r" | tee -a $OUTLOG DSIZE=`du -hs $i 2>> $ERRLOG | cut -f1` echo -e "Preparing to remove $DSIZE.\r\n" | tee -a $OUTLOG for j in $i/* do if [ -d "$j" ]; then echo -e "Removing directory $j.\r" | tee -a $OUTLOG chmod -R +rw "$j" 2>>ERRLOG rm -Rf "$j" 2>> $ERRLOG else echo -e "Removing file $j." | tee -a $OUTLOG chmod +rw "$j" 2>>ERRLOG rm -f "$j" 2>> $ERRLOG fi done echo -e "Done with $i.\r\n" | tee -a $OUTLOG done