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#7521 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Efficient deletion of large non-emtpy directories

Reported by: hammady Owned by: dkocher
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: ftp Version: 4.3
Severity: normal Keywords: delete
Cc: Architecture: Intel
Platform: Mac OS X 10.9


If you select a non-empty directory and delete it, it will take a huge amount of time because Cyberduck will list it recursively to delete file contents in each subdirectory first. This is very inefficient for large directories and can take hours to delete! There is a trick on FTP servers to delete non-empty directories that should be used. Here is a link:

Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed on Oct 29, 2013 at 9:55:49 AM by dkocher

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

Unfortunately the FTP protocol does not support recursive delete.

comment:2 Changed on Oct 29, 2013 at 10:00:43 AM by hammady

Did you follow the link above? it says you can use rm -r for recursive deletion on ftp servers!

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